gro·​cery | \ ˈgrōs-rē How to pronounce grocery (audio) , ˈgrō-sə-; ˈgrōsh-rē How to pronounce grocery (audio) \
plural groceries

Definition of grocery

1 groceries plural : the food and supplies sold by a grocer usually singular in British usage
2 : a grocer's store

Examples of grocery in a Sentence

She stopped to pick up some groceries for supper.
Recent Examples on the Web The local government has ordered the main grocery stores to stay open. Lavender Au, The New York Review of Books, "Stuck in Central China on Coronavirus Lockdown," 4 Feb. 2020 During Carnival season in Mobile, king cake is ubiquitous at bakeries, grocery stores, parties, offices and kitchen tables everywhere. Michelle Matthews |, al, "18 things inspired by king cake that aren’t king cake," 4 Feb. 2020 According to news reports, customers in cities with a connection to Wuhan are staying away from Asian restaurants and grocery stores. Anchorage Daily News, "We import goods from China. Fears over coronavirus are hitting our business hard.," 4 Feb. 2020 But in that dark hour, the grocery stores seem to burst, all at once, with citrus of all shapes, sizes, and hues. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Is It Ever Okay to Use Bottled Lemon Juice? And Other Urgent Citrus Questions," 4 Feb. 2020 Ashley Menser, 36, was arrested in September 2018 for retail theft, and later pleaded guilty to taking $109.63 worth of items from a grocery store. Nora Shelly, USA TODAY, "She needs surgery to treat cancer, but a judge gave her 10 months in prison for $110 theft," 4 Feb. 2020 Five people — including Seals, 40 — died during the chain of events, which ended with an attack on a kosher grocery store. Neil Vigdor,, "State of the Union guests: Who are President Trump and members of Congress bringing?," 4 Feb. 2020 At the couple’s request, Emira takes the couple’s 3-year old daughter to an upscale grocery store late at night, where she is accused of kidnapping the child. Washington Post, "For your playlist: three popular and controversial books are already available," 3 Feb. 2020 Checkpoints to screen people for fevers have popped up at tollbooths, at the front gates of apartment complexes and in hotels, grocery stores and train stations. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "China, Desperate to Stop Coronavirus, Turns Neighbor Against Neighbor," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of grocery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grocery

see grocer

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The first known use of grocery was in the 15th century

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7 Feb 2020

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“Grocery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grocery

: food sold by a grocer : food bought at a store


gro·​cery | \ ˈgrō-sə-rē How to pronounce grocery (audio) , ˈgrōs-rē \
plural groceries

Kids Definition of grocery

1 groceries plural : food and household supplies sold at a store
2 : a store that sells food and household supplies

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