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.

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Authorities said Altic spent money on overseas trips for his family, for groceries and to pay for a doctorate degree in divinity from a Pennsylvania bible college. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Former minister sentenced to 10 years after $800K theft from church," 10 June 2019 And most of the food grown here is essential to these households, part of a tedious, hard-fought effort to sidestep steep grocery store bills. Carol Motsinger,, "In the shadow of a Cincinnati convent, new American lives are taking root," 10 June 2019 Salerno hopes the grocery store will reopen in February. Mikala Kane,, "This week’s good news: Employment soars at the state’s craft breweries and Pratt & Whitney workers make care packages for troops," 7 June 2019 One is cropped short like a bomber jacket and covered in rich brown fur with four fat glinting gold buttons down the middle, something an Upper East Side Jewish lady of a certain age might wear to shop for groceries at Gristedes. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Am I the Only One Who Feels Guilty About Wearing Vintage Fur?," 15 Jan. 2019 One fan also spotted them shopping for groceries at a local supermarket. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Packed On The PDA (Again) In Brooklyn," 31 July 2018 The anchor store was a Schnucks supermarket, and Turner drove a few minutes away to a boxy, one-story house to speak with an elderly woman who’d been banned from the store for putting cheaper price tags on groceries. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018 Just know that lard sold in bulk at room temperature in grocery stores has undergone a hydrogenation process. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Where to Buy Lard and How to Use It," 23 May 2019 Between dance classes, school expenses, and weekly grocery store hauls, the Department of Agriculture reports that kids cost anywhere from $12,350 to $14,000 annually. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "35+ Restaurants Where Kids Eat for Free (or Almost Free)," 16 May 2019

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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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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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