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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Amazon’s existing stores are the size of a small convenience store — and are thus much smaller than your typical grocery store, with fewer items and people to keep track of. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Amazon is reportedly testing its cashier-less technology in larger stores," 2 Dec. 2018 But according to Peterson, grocery stores will keep the 10-cent fee on the paper bags to help with the transition. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Washington state lawmakers propose ban on single-use plastic bags," 28 Nov. 2018 Not exactly road-trip mileage, but good enough to get you to the grocery store and back. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Biomega unveils a radically simple electric vehicle," 27 Nov. 2018 Most commercial farms around here grow industrial crops like corn and soybeans, while the fruits and vegetables at the grocery stores are from California, Florida, or another part of the world. Sandy M. Fernandez, Woman's Day, "How Three Women Are Pioneering to End Hunger in the U.S.," 14 Nov. 2018 All these young women are just pouring into the grocery store because the Metro was overflowing there. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates explains how Donald Trump is trying to corrupt the Justice Department," 12 Nov. 2018 Her brother, who normally sat beside her, was still in a kitchen area talking to his close friend Dan Stein about the grocery list for a men’s club breakfast following the next day’s service. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Inside the Pittsburgh Synagogue as Shots Rang," 31 Oct. 2018 For example, making a detailed weekly meal plan that includes a vegetable-heavy grocery list and recipes is a way to feel in control of one’s diet. Oset Babur, Vox, "Why do millennials love bullet journals? Control.," 22 Oct. 2018 Google Keep works better for recording your grocery list and doodling. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best note-taking apps for class, work, and life," 31 Aug. 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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