plural noun
sun·​dries | \ ˈsən-drēz How to pronounce sundries (audio) \

Definition of sundries

: miscellaneous small articles, details, or items Beyond the shelves of sundries is a large storage room set up for indoor dining, with picnic tables covered by green checkered oilcloth.— Jane Stern and Michael Stern … the owners or managers of a dozen or so shops along the broad main street, which sold … an astonishing assortment of sundries.— Robert Shaplen There were pushcarts that displayed cheap housedresses and underwear, and others that sold housewares, knives and forks, plates and sundries.— Harold Robbins — compare sundry entry 2

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Recent Examples on the Web To make their stays more bearable, many show up with cleaning products and other sundries in their luggage. Chong Koh Ping, WSJ, "Locked Down in the Ritz-Carlton: Winning the Quarantine Hotel Lottery," 7 Sep. 2020 The men had to pay the government $35 a month, while still supplying their own food and sundries, but were not paid for their work in the camps, according to Kopecky. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "During WWII, troublemakers were sent to remote labor camp in Michigan's U.P.," 12 July 2020 The card was intended to be used to pay for food, supplies, sundries and necessities by the firefighters not covered by township funds. Sue Kiesewetter,, "Prosecutors: Fairfield firefighter misused credit card. Facing felonies," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of sundries

1711, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sundries

sundry entry 1

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The first known use of sundries was in 1711

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17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sundries.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sundries

formal : various small things that are not mentioned specifically


noun plural
sun·​dries | \ ˈsən-drēz How to pronounce sundries (audio) \

Kids Definition of sundries

: various small articles or items

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