noun, often attributive
su·​per·​mar·​ket | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌmär-kət How to pronounce supermarket (audio) \

Definition of supermarket

1 : a self-service retail market selling especially foods and household merchandise
2 : something resembling a supermarket especially in the variety or volume of its goods or services

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The fixed-price rule is meant to keep customers loyal to their local bookshop and out of the clutches of supermarkets and hypercapitaliste American corporations. The Economist, "New ways of selling books clash with France’s old pricing rules," 4 July 2019 During the past six months, the nation has spent $389 million on hard seltzer: an increase of 210% from the previous year, according to Nielsen scans in supermarkets and other stores. Josh Noel,, "What’s the best hard seltzer? The worst? Is it a fad? We have answers.," 2 July 2019 Instead, the brewers would have to direct fans of their beer to liquor stores or supermarkets. Lynn Brezosky,, "Growlers-to-go soon to be OK for Texas craft breweries," 20 June 2019 With the right tax incentives, the food-waste-to-energy business could thrive in Connecticut, restaurants, supermarkets and residents are sending only a small percentage of the state’s food waste to a processing plant in Southington. Don Stacom,, "Southington plant turns food waste to energy, owners say there’s lot of expansion room," 17 June 2019 Grocery subsidies, which families usually spend right away, immediately pumped money into rural supermarkets and small businesses (and their employees) at a time when jobs were scarce. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Food stamps helped lift the US economy out of the Great Recession," 5 June 2019 So, the answer to food deserts isn’t just about increasing access to supermarkets and healthier food prices. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019 No one doubts that this is because of the high value of the state’s fruit and vegetable crops that travel straight from the fields, without processing in most cases, to America’s supermarkets and grocery stores. Michael Greenberg, The New York Review of Books, "Farmworker Anxieties," 21 Feb. 2019 Christmas sales updates this week from top British supermarkets and high-street fashion stores, including Tesco and Marks & Spencer, suggest all is not well with the U.K. economy. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Retail’s Busy Complaints Department," 11 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of supermarket

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of supermarket was in 1931

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English Language Learners Definition of supermarket

: a store where customers can buy a variety of foods and usually household items


su·​per·​mar·​ket | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌmär-kət How to pronounce supermarket (audio) \

Kids Definition of supermarket

: a store selling foods and household items

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