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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Brittany orders all of her groceries through an app on her phone and they are delivered to her house within an hour, saving her a trip to the store with two kids in tow. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Jason Aldean's Wife Brittany Kerr Says It's Been 'Difficult' to Get Fit After Second Baby," 7 Apr. 2019 Republican legislators also attached a provision to lower the state’s sales tax on groceries to 5.5 percent to 6.5 percent to make the bill harder for Kelly to veto. John Hanna, The Seattle Times, "Kansas’ new Democratic governor vetoes GOP tax relief bill," 25 Mar. 2019 As more people move away from using straws and shun single-use plastics, a lot of grocery-store mainstays have seemed like a necessary evil—until now. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Loop Store Will Refill Your Haagen-Dasz and Other Groceries, Cutting Down on Waste," 25 Mar. 2019 Last month, Whole Foods customers paid $191 for a basket of 40 select groceries, according to Telsey Advisory Group, up 3% from last year’s cost for the same items. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Why Amazon Just Raised Your Grocery Bill," 13 Feb. 2019 Unexpectedly someone showed up with bags of groceries and began to make sandwiches for the group. Rebecca Bengal, Vogue, "The Power of Nathan Phillips’s Song," 21 Jan. 2019 Other municipalities are banned from passing taxes on groceries for the next 12 years. Laura Mccrystal,, "California banned new soda taxes. Could it happen in Pennsylvania?," 12 July 2018 Aldi is known for saving customers a significant amount of money on groceries. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Fresh Market closing Fishers grocery store," 10 July 2018 The California measure bans any new taxes on groceries including beverages through 2030, but allows four cities in the San Francisco Bay Area to keep soda levies already on the books. NBC News, "California bows to beverage industry, blocks soda taxes," 29 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

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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