gro·​cer | \ ˈgrō-sər How to pronounce grocer (audio) , -shər How to pronounce grocer (audio) \

Definition of grocer

: a dealer in staple foodstuffs, meats, produce, and dairy products and usually household supplies

Examples of grocer in a Sentence

Ask your local grocer if he sells organic fruits and vegetables.

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A decade in, the grocer finds itself in a neighborhood in the midst of transformation. Tara Duggan,, "Mandela Grocery Cooperative marks 10 years in West Oakland and announces plans for expansion," 7 June 2019 The growing discount grocer now operates 1,900 U.S. locations, including 66 in California. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aldi opens second San Diego store in Mira Mesa," 6 June 2019 The discount grocer aims to have 2,500 stores by the end of 2022. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Aldi hosts hiring fairs at several stores," 25 June 2018 The station is the first of more than a dozen such facilities the grocer plans to open in Wisconsin over the next two years. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kroger's adding gas stations at Pick 'n Save stores in Wisconsin to attract shoppers," 29 June 2018 In court filings, Krebs and Gaylord insisted the incident was isolated and unintentional and resulted from security concerns about the defendant in the case, who allegedly had threatened to stab a Lopez Island grocer. Mike Carter, The Seattle Times, "Sheriff’s use of courtroom camera to view juror’s notebook, lawyer’s notes sparks dismissal of criminal case," 4 Feb. 2019 Natural grocer Earth Fare is planning to hire as many as 130 workers for its new store slated to open in the Lake Nona district this summer, the company said Tuesday. Kyle Arnold,, "Earth Fare hiring 130 for new Lake Nona store," 19 June 2018 In recent months, Kroger launched an online delivery service, upped its investment in a British online grocer and agreed to buy a meal-kit company. Joseph Pisani, The Seattle Times, "Kroger to sell its goods to Chinese shoppers through Tmall," 14 Aug. 2018 El Ahorro, another grocer that caters to the Hispanic market, took over a former Kroger store at Airline Drive and Parker Road in north Houston. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Grocery stores are filling Houston’s new and old spaces," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of grocer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grocer

Middle English, from Anglo-French groser wholesaler, from gros coarse, wholesale — more at gross

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English Language Learners Definition of grocer

: a person who sells food and other supplies for people's houses


gro·​cer | \ ˈgrō-sər How to pronounce grocer (audio) \

Kids Definition of grocer

: a person who sells food and household supplies

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