a suffix of nouns denoting occupation, business, calling or condition, place or establishment, goods or products, things collectively, qualities, actions, etc.: archery; bakery; cutlery; fishery; trickery; witchery.

Middle English < Old French -erie, equivalent to -ier -er2 + -ie -y3

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-ery or -ry
suffix forming nouns
1.  indicating a place of business or some other activity: bakery; brewery; refinery
2.  indicating a class or collection of things: cutlery; greenery
3.  indicating qualities or actions collectively: snobbery; trickery
4.  indicating a practice or occupation: husbandry
5.  indicating a state or condition: slavery
[from Old French -erie; see -er1, -y³]
-ry or -ry
suffix forming nouns
[from Old French -erie; see -er1, -y³]

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suffix forming nouns meaning "place for, art of, condition of, quantity of," from M.E. -erie, from L. -arius.
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