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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Kroger, Albertsons, Costco and other big grocers have steered clear of Walmart's hometown. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Aldi moves into Walmart's backyard," 8 June 2019 Other grocers did not return messages seeking comment. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Animal welfare group documents calf abuse at iconic Fair Oaks Farms, sparking investigation," 5 June 2019 That’s due in part to the unionized workforce of many grocers other than Walmart, which remains staunchly anti-union. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Steven Cohen, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Broadsheet Feb. 13th," 13 Feb. 2018 As AquaBounty worked through years of government approvals, several grocers including Kroger and Whole Foods responded to a campaign by consumer groups with a vow to not sell the fish. CBS News, "Restaurants could be first to get genetically modified salmon," 21 June 2019 After more than 28 years in business, City Market NW, a high-end grocer housing multiple vendors is not renewing its lease and will close on Aug. 18., "Northwest Portland’s high-end grocery City Market NW will close in August," 19 June 2019 Texas' popular grocer H-E-B has earned another measure of success. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "H-E-B's Charles Butt earns top ranking from his employees' Glassdoor reviews," 19 June 2019 They were named after men who owned lots there: Thomas Blagden, who ran a lumber yard, and grocer Dickerson Nailor. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The District’s alleys were once grim slums. A few were reborn as hip destinations.," 9 June 2019 Aldi, a discount grocer known for its large selection of private-label items, is set to open its 1,900th U.S. store next week at 6755 Mira Mesa Boulevard. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aldi opens second San Diego store in Mira Mesa," 6 June 2019

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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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