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 There are the streets and streets of restaurants, bakeries, bubble tea shops, and grocery stores., 6 May 2022 Walmart and Target will be open as well as several grocery stores and some liquor stores. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 6 May 2022 The food giant said earlier this year that some of its iconic cereal brands had lost ground in U.S. grocery stores after production capabilities were stunted by a plant worker strike over contract negotiations that lasted from October to December. Dean Seal, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Wine buyers include owners of specialty wineshops, sommeliers from top restaurants, buyers from gourmet grocery stores, and online retailers, such as Liz Thach, Forbes, 4 May 2022 Beef will be getting even more expensive at U.S. grocery stores in the months ahead, according to one of the country’s biggest meatpackers. oregonlive, 4 May 2022 Each beach offers cool Texas attractions with free or cheap access, but parking on the sand does require a $12 permit, valid for one year, and available at many gas stations and grocery stores; view locations here. Robin Soslow, Chron, 3 May 2022 There are no grocery stores on Fripp, a 6.5-square-mile private resort off the coast of Beaufort, between Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Georgia. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 3 May 2022 There are grocery stores in Jersey City that sell a lot of unique South Indian ingredients. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 2 May 2022 See More

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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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8 May 2022

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“Grocery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for grocery


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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Nglish: Translation of grocery for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of grocery for Arabic Speakers


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