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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Luckily, most supermarkets sell disposable versions of all of these tools. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "I've Been Hosting Thanksgiving for 5 Years and Here Are My Tips," 16 Nov. 2018 Here’s the best-case scenario: A client of Bernier is in the grocery store business and has looked in the past at investing in one particular part of the country that has very few supermarkets. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The new hotness for tech billionaires? Do-gooder investments they can write off on their taxes.," 16 Oct. 2018 Their infrastructure, from homes to supermarkets, have been reduced to rubble. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises to 11, Infrastructure in Crisis Throughout Southeast," 11 Oct. 2018 Tarver became trapped by debris and wiring about 75 feet inside the supermarket. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Lessons from Phoenix firefighter's 2001 death influenced way crews handled Safeway fire," 12 July 2018 In April, she was photographed at a Waitrose supermarket in Norfolk, England, pushing her own cart and loading up her bags into her car. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Was Reportedly Seen Doing Back-To-School Shopping," 6 Sep. 2018 DelGrosso’s isn’t just an amusement park with a sauce business connected to supermarkets in all 50 states. Maria Panaritis,, "Pisa, pasta sauce, Philly cheesesteaks: DelGrosso's is a Pa. water park fit for a Caesar | Maria Panaritis," 22 June 2018 Officers responded to a domestic violence report at a supermarket in Panama City Beach, Florida on Saturday. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Mom and son got into an argument. She used her gun to get the ‘last word,’ Florida deputies say," 19 June 2018 Per a report issued by the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, the fruit was distributed to major supermarkets in eight states including Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. Olivia Harrison,, "60 People In 8 States Have Salmonella After Eating Pre-Cut Melon," 11 June 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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