pig·​gery | \ ˈpi-gə-rē How to pronounce piggery (audio) \
plural piggeries

Definition of piggery

1 : a place where swine are kept
2 : swinish behavior

Examples of piggery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Outbreaks in at least 115 piggeries are predicted to reduce China’s swine inventory by 13 percent in 2019. Jason Gale | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "The Deadly African Virus That’s Killing China’s Pigs," 9 Apr. 2019 Some who graduated paid for those degrees on the earnings from backyard piggeries, or made their pocket money selling Popsicles on the street. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "The Lonely and Dangerous Life of the Filipino Seafarer," 30 Nov. 2019 Millions of small piggeries were closed as part of a nationwide program aimed at shifting pork production to larger, more efficient farms. Washington Post, "The Deadly African Virus That’s Killing Asia’s Pigs," 29 Sep. 2019 There are racists, sexists, piggery of various kinds who will say really terrible things. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, "A Free Speech Battle at the Birthplace of a Movement at Berkeley," 2 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of piggery

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of piggery was in 1780

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“Piggery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piggery. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of piggery

chiefly British : a place where pigs are kept or raised

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