noun, often attributive
su·​per·​mar·​ket | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌmär-kət \

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 London supermarket Costcutter, meanwhile, introduced a system in 2017 that allows customers to pay with a fingertip scan. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 Giant Food Stores, supermarkets that are common sights in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, are getting some robotic assistance. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Googly-Eyed Robots Are Coming to Hundreds of Grocery Stores," 14 Jan. 2019 The e-commerce king now offers free grocery deliveries from Whole Foods stores for its Prime customers in 60 U.S. cities, and its growing network of cashierless Go convenience stores has also taken a bite out of supermarket sales. Dina Bass, The Seattle Times, "Kroger, Microsoft test futuristic grocery store in Redmond. Amazon, take note.," 7 Jan. 2019 Within six months, each of these 172 supermarkets will be working with robots called Marty. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Googly-Eyed Robots Are Coming to Hundreds of Grocery Stores," 14 Jan. 2019 While visiting Number 7, a cafe and supermarket for low-income communities, Meghan chatted with another mom-to-be about their pregnancies. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Talks About Her Due Date and the Sex of Her Baby," 14 Jan. 2019 And Nuro, a company founded in 2016 by two veterans of Google’s original self-driving team, is teaming up with supermarket giant Kroger to deliver groceries to residents in Arizona. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford teaming up with Walmart and Postmates on robot deliveries," 14 Nov. 2018 The traditional Muckleshoot food system was incredibly nutrient-dense compared to what's available in a supermarket. Sandy M. Fernandez, Woman's Day, "How Three Women Are Pioneering to End Hunger in the U.S.," 14 Nov. 2018 Moments after shots rang out in the supermarket, employee Sean Gerace and helped several of his colleagues escape. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Suspect in Trader Joe's deadly shooting ID'd; held on $2 million bail," 22 July 2018

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First Known Use of supermarket

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of supermarket

: a store selling foods and household items

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