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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These erupted against Japanese businesses in 2012 and against a South Korean supermarket chain last year, both preceded by belligerent signalling in state propaganda. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 Amazon’s inroads into the grocery sector have struck fear into supermarket chains world-wide and prompted a number of recent deals. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Grocery Giants Tesco, Carrefour Team Up Amid Amazon Threat," 2 July 2018 Burkle, 65, built his fortune buying and selling supermarket chains such as Ralphs, Fred Meyer Inc. and Food4Less. Jack Flemming,, "Bob Hope’s longtime Toluca Lake estate fetches $15 million," 23 June 2018 The company has spent the past five years seeking, and failing to close, such deals with supermarket chains worldwide., "Britain’s Robot Grocer Is Coming to the U.S.," 15 June 2018 Last month, victims of the Parkland tragedy and activists conducted die-ins at Publix grocery stores and called for a boycott of the company after it was reported that the supermarket chain donated more money to Putnam than any candidate in history. Steve Contorno, miamiherald, "Florida approved thousands of concealed weapons permits without background checks," 8 June 2018 Six days later, Chicklis’ car, a gray Honda Civic with Massachusetts license plates, was found in a supermarket parking lot about 44 miles away in Rindge. Alejandro Serrano,, "Missing Westminster man found dead in NH," 14 July 2018 Regional supermarket chains such as Every Co. said one outlet is closed and several other outlets shortened service hours due to delivery delays and supply shortage. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Many out of power, water in flood-hit Japan; over 150 dead," 10 July 2018 And Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket chain, recently inked a deal with British robotics company Ocado to automate warehouses to optimize grocery deliveries. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Favor, H-E-B to deliver beer and wine throughout Houston," 29 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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