gro·cery | \ˈgrōs-rē, ˈgrō-sə-;ˈgrōsh-rē \
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.

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One day, Chuck, who was working for a grocery chain, made a delivery to Keene State Teachers College (now Keene State College) in New Hampshire, and wandered over to the industrial arts building. Anne M. Hamilton,, "He Brought His Skill For Teaching, Knack For Colonial Buildings To Coventry," 15 July 2018 At the same time, Makro’s revenue plunged as discount grocery chains entered the market. New York Times, "Turkey’s Economy Is So Hot That It May Face a Meltdown," 10 July 2018 With their announcement to close 15 stores, including one in Fishers, Fresh Market is the latest grocery chain to reduce its presence in Central Indiana since spring of 2017. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Here are all the Central Indiana grocery stores that have closed since last spring," 10 July 2018 Starting Wednesday, June 27, members will receive a 10 percent discount on certain items at all Whole Foods Market locations across the country, including at Whole Foods 365, the organic grocery chain’s more affordable offshoot. Shay Spence, ajc, "Amazon Prime members can now get big discounts at Whole Foods nationwide," 25 June 2018 Gasoline demand tends to be fixed as drivers rely on driving to get to work and for tasks such as grocery shopping. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Average Gas Price Nears $3 a Gallon, Raising Worries for U.S. Economy," 11 July 2018 One story begins with a family going grocery shopping and ends with the father being nominated to run for president by fellow customers in the electronics aisle, while holding a baby his daughter found on a stack of towels. Ramona Ausubel, New York Times, "Flawed, Fragile, Hungry Human Bodies: A.M. Homes’s Stories Get Under the Skin," 4 July 2018 Although ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Careem, a local competitor, gave women greater flexibility, many had to forgo education, work or even basic errands like grocery shopping. Nabih Bulos,, "Saudi women take the wheel as decades-long driving ban ends," 24 June 2018 Canine Companions assistance dogs go everywhere with their partners, from grocery shopping to cross-country plane rides. Jennifer Williams, Fox News, "The Daily Spike: The importance of napping, or at least lying down," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of grocery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grocery

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English Language Learners Definition of grocery

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


gro·cery | \ˈgrō-sə-rē, 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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