plural noun

sun·​dries ˈsən-drēz How to pronounce sundries (audio)
: 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

Examples of sundries in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s also a guide that shares where to find sundries like hot sauces, jams and spices produced by companies with owners from Black, Indigenous or other marginalized communities. Devorah Lev-Tov, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2022 This is the place to stock up on baking ingredients, retro toys, candles, greeting cards and sundries. Necee Regis, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 In parts of the city, activists have nailed small wooden cupboards to street posts offering up sundries such as socks, tampons, shampoo and cans of tuna. Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 External flaps and a zip pocket kept sundries organized, while the weather resistant body and padded shoulder straps played nicely on trails and trains. Elizabeth Miller, Outside Online, 11 June 2022 The tough Cordura body and padded sides and bottom keep your kit safe, and the large top lid yields ample room for lunch and sundries. Owen Clarke, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 And what’s not to love about the ample area for potting plants, not to mention the wooden pegs for hanging tools and a shelf above for pots and sundries? Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 9 May 2022 Priest allegedly directed the bookkeeper to withhold funds paid by students for snacks and sundries and to use the cash to purchase more such items to be sold to the students, according to Smith. Michael Wetzel The Decatur Daily, al, 12 Apr. 2022 This section of countertop turned into a coffee bar after the couple added an outlet and shelves for all the sundries. Sarah Egge, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Feb. 2022

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Word History


sundry entry 1

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sundries was in 1711

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“Sundries.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


noun plural
sun·​dries ˈsən-drēz How to pronounce sundries (audio)
: miscellaneous small articles (as pins or needles)

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