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 robots aren't quite replacing the humans in these supermarkets. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Googly-Eyed Robots Are Coming to Hundreds of Grocery Stores," 14 Jan. 2019 My local supermarket and health food store both have fresh rhizomes for sale in the winter. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Your Own Turmeric Indoors," 22 July 2018 Holy basil is different from the sweet basil we are used to in American supermarkets. Sallee Ann Ruibal,, "Thai cave rescue: This is the meal boys requested after being saved," 10 July 2018 Journalists saw young men stripping shelves bare in some supermarkets that were charred during the demonstrations, and several bodies were seen in the streets. NBC News, "Strike shuts down Haiti capital after three days of protests," 9 July 2018 Now Juana drives everywhere, even to her local supermarket, a few blocks away. The Economist, "Public transport is in decline in many wealthy cities," 21 June 2018 Design Within Reach If your interiors are feeling drab, grab a succulent or a bouquet of flowers from your nearest supermarket and instantly freshen up a room. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "18 cool vases and planters that will spice up your life," 1 May 2018 Apparently, the supermarket is predicting some last-minute purchases for the holiday. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Is Walmart Open on Easter? Here Are the Superstore's Holiday Hours," 11 Mar. 2019 Rapidly changing ideas about what’s healthy are causing strong headwinds for supermarkets. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Kroger Gets Marked Down," 7 Mar. 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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