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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Ten residents slipped away from their retirement community one Sunday afternoon for a covert meeting in a grocery store cafe. Kaiser Health News,, "Is rational suicide among elderly a sign of self-determination or depression?," 6 July 2019 Their first choice, the busy flea market, turned them down, but across the street was a shopping center with a grocery store, bank, places to eat and a laundromat. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Navajo Nation opens first street-side libraries thanks to teacher," 5 July 2019 On the one hand, a special program to police retail sellers of tobacco and vaping products—such as convenience and grocery stores—issued about as many warnings and fines under Trump as at the end of the Obama years. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Exclusive: FDA enforcement actions plummet under Trump," 2 July 2019 Once by a parking lot attendant and another time by the boy who bagged my groceries. Darcey Steinke, Time, "No One Told Me Exactly What to Expect From Menopause. But the Messages I Did Get Were Very Wrong," 28 June 2019 Potatoes, garlic and eggs have become scarce in grocery stores. The Economist, "A blocked road cuts Colombia in two," 28 June 2019 These recipes are best made with traditional table grapes such as the red and green varieties found in grocery stores. Paul Stephen,, "How to celebrate the savory side of grapes and cook with them," 26 June 2019 Sam's Clubs members can now get same-day alcohol delivery with their groceries in Cincinnati. Sarah Brookbank,, "Now in Cincinnati, Sam's Club will do same-day alcohol delivery," 24 June 2019 To solve that problem, Inc. and Walmart Inc., the two largest retailers in the U.S., are now offering to send delivery people inside your house to safely deposit your packages indoors and your groceries inside your fridge. Sam Dean,, "Walmart and Amazon want to see inside your house. Should you let them?," 21 June 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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food or victuals

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