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 With grocery store shelves bare, Diaz came to the distribution Friday morning to make sure his family - and some of his neighbors - would have enough food for the weekend. Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Food Bank provides boost as weather on top of pandemic stretches family food resources ever thinner," 19 Feb. 2021 For the past four home games, the Mavericks have invited up to 1,500 vaccinated essential workers, including healthcare employees, first responders, grocery store workers and postal carriers. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Meet Cynt Marshall: From one of Berkeley's first Black cheerleaders to the first Black woman CEO in NBA," 19 Feb. 2021 Publix is offering its employees a $125 gift card to the grocery store chain if they get vaccinated for the coronavirus. Austin Fuller,, "Publix offers employees $125 gift card to get coronavirus vaccine," 19 Feb. 2021 Even food has become hard to come by as some grocery store shelves lay bare. Janet Shamlian, CBS News, "Over 13 million Texans facing water crisis after brutal winter storm," 19 Feb. 2021 When her family went to the grocery store, the produce was always old, pale and bruised, unlike the crisp, vivid ingredients found in richer and whiter parts of town. New York Times, "The Activists Working to Remake the Food System," 19 Feb. 2021 Teachers, police officers and grocery store workers will be among the next to get their shots. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sharp HealthCare still offering Pfizer vaccine; ignore those rescheduling messages," 19 Feb. 2021 Finding meat to keep feeding his sheltered wasn't easy, as grocery store stocks got bought out, or closed early. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, "Bitter Texas freeze hits most vulnerable hardest," 19 Feb. 2021 The new Festival Foods grocery store in West Allis is expected to open May 21, and the new the Festival Foods in Greenfield is set to open July 16, according to a statement from Skogen’s Festival Foods. . Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Festival Foods announces opening dates for its new grocery stores in West Allis and Greenfield," 19 Feb. 2021

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Grocery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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