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 really key takeaway here, though, is that competition has been preserved on the supermarket shelves. Esther Mobley,, "What the wine world's mega-deal between Gallo and Constellation means for supermarket wine," 7 Jan. 2021 With lines of trucks snaking to the horizon in Kent, England, and supermarket shelves stripped just days before Christmas, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson scrambled to get French President Emmanuel Macron to lift a ban on freight from Britain. NBC News, "European Union throws isolated Britain a lifeline over coronavirus border closures," 22 Dec. 2020 Often disguised on labels as an ingredient listed by more than 200 names, it can be found in roughly half the products on supermarket shelves and in most cosmetic brands. Margie Mason And Robin Mcdowell,, "Palm oil is a big business and virtually impossible to avoid. The workers who cultivate it are abused.," 21 Nov. 2020 Along the Simbis’ street, tottering 50 kilogram bags of cornmeal and scales appeared in several yards, so that people who couldn’t afford the 5 kilogram bag in the supermarket could at least buy enough to tide them over. Tendai Marima, The Christian Science Monitor, "Two families, two babies, and one – thinning – hope for a new Zimbabwe," 2 Nov. 2020 While many apples on supermarket shelves right now will become pies, tarts and other sweet treats this fall, apples are just as versatile on the savory side of the kitchen as well., "Express Briefing: SpaceX’s Starship poised to launch Texas’ space industry into new era," 30 Oct. 2020 Come November, supermarket shelves across Puerto Rico hold all the classic components: cranberry sauce, stuffing, dinner rolls. Illyanna Maisonet, Bon Appétit, "There’s No Such Thing as Bland Food in a Puerto Rican Household. Case in Point: Pavochon," 28 Oct. 2020 The company likened some of its agreements to a soda or cereal brand that pays for product placement in a supermarket. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Google, U.S. Government Each Face Challenges in Court Fight," 21 Oct. 2020 Author Héctor Tobar talks with undocumented essential workers feeding those in nursing homes, stocking supermarket shelves, and making masks and reusable protective wear. National Geographic, "Why does the U.S. have the electoral college?," 19 Oct. 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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14 Jan 2021

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“Supermarket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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