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

Examples of supermarket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The supermarket chains' have offered a wage increase of up to $4.50 an hour, but union leaders have rejected it. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 14 Jan. 2022 Social-media sites are full of photographs of empty grocery-store shelves, and the head of one of the biggest U.S. supermarket chains says the situation will take weeks to improve. Fortune, 12 Jan. 2022 When only four companies play this role in huge industries, this gives them tremendous leverage over both regulators such as the USDA who are supposed to keep them in check, and over the entire meat value chain from farm to supermarket. Jan Dutkiewicz, The New Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 Unfortunately, going to the supermarket isn't expected to get much cheaper in 2022. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 28 Dec. 2021 Shoppers in the city of Cincinnati won't need to bring their own bags to the supermarket in 2022 after a ban on single-use plastic bags was quietly killed by Ohio lawmakers over the summer. Alexander Coolidge, The Enquirer, 10 Dec. 2021 That was one thing but for me, now, a trip to the supermarket is totally different. Dave Quinn,, 5 Dec. 2021 Often for a price equivalent to a grocery store run, meal kits serve as an easy way to cut back on trips to the supermarket and to try your hand at cooking a variety of meals using precise proportions of high-quality ingredients. Malia Griggs, SELF, 29 Nov. 2021 For Lyle, who doesn’t have a car and lives in the suburbs, just getting to the supermarket is a challenge, and incurs its own costs. NBC News, 23 Nov. 2021

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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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“Supermarket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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