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 Iceland, a supermarket that specialises in it, is exceptionally busy. The Economist, "Food Britons are defrosting decades-old diets," 11 July 2020 In one of the latest videos, a Costco customer who wasn't wearing a mask balled up his fists, aggressively walked toward someone behind the camera while yelling in the supermarket. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "'I feel threatened!": Viral video shows shopper throwing tantrum, but who protects workers?," 8 July 2020 Get an orange from the supermarket nine centimeters in diameter, whose peel is just 0.45 cm thick. Ben Klemens, Scientific American, "The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle of Social Science Modeling," 7 July 2020 While signs are posted noting the prohibition against bird-feeding between the pond and the Meijer gas station, signage on the other side of the pond, near the supermarket parking lot, is lacking. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "20 dead Canada geese pulled out of pond in Madison Heights; botulism suspected," 6 July 2020 The basement was to serve as the supermarket’s kitchen. cleveland, "Florida kosher supermarket to open store in South Euclid’s Oakwood Commons," 2 July 2020 This included working as supermarket staff who have previously been almost overlooked entirely, become key workers or doing care work, for which they are paid little and blithely dismissed as ‘low skilled’ by politicians. Vicky Spratt,, "How Coronavirus Has Exposed Class Inequality In The UK," 1 July 2020 By March, when the coronavirus began accelerating through the United States, Shawn Hill-Watkins had been working as a cashier at a Food Lion supermarket in High Point, North Carolina, for seven months, taking three buses to work and back each day. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "How North Carolina Transformed Itself Into the Worst State to Be Unemployed," 30 June 2020 Her sister worked late at the restaurant, so in the evenings after the supermarket closed Merlita was alone. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "How Prosperity Transformed the Falklands," 29 June 2020

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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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12 Jul 2020

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“Supermarket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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