su·​per·​mar·​ket ˈsü-pər-ˌmär-kət How to pronounce supermarket (audio)
often attributive
: a self-service retail market selling especially foods and household merchandise
: something resembling a supermarket especially in the variety or volume of its goods or services

Examples of supermarket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While some other airline credit cards only offer bonus miles on purchases made with the airline, this one gives you extra points on some everyday spending categories, like U.S. supermarkets. Ben Luthi,, 18 Sep. 2023 Founded in 1918, C&S is a wholesale supplier to more than 7,500 independent supermarkets, retail chain stores and military bases. oregonlive, 12 Sep. 2023 Out of view for most of us, supermarkets are changing hands, with more transnational and private equity capital ownership. Ramón Borges-Méndez,, 12 Sep. 2023 In contrast, Google says that its business practices are unremarkable and accepted, akin to cereal or soda companies’ paying for shelf space at local supermarkets. Sophie Hills, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Sep. 2023 That was the year, it may be recalled, when a major campaign theme was tied up with George H.W. Bush’s unfamiliarity with a supermarket scanner. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2023 Opioid litigation is continuing against other retailers, including supermarket chains Publix and Albertsons. Alain Sherter, CBS News, 8 Sep. 2023 The company also supplies and franchises the Piggly Wiggly name to independent owners, which spreads the Piggy Wiggly brand to more than 500 supermarkets nationwide. Alexander Coolidge, The Enquirer, 8 Sep. 2023 International supermarkets or speciality spice stores are good places to source whole cardamom pods. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of supermarket was in 1931

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Cite this Entry

“Supermarket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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su·​per·​mar·​ket ˈsü-pər-ˌmär-kət How to pronounce supermarket (audio)
: a self-service market selling foods and household merchandise

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