grocery

noun
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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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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grocery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grocery

: food sold by a grocer : food bought at a store

grocery

noun
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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