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-ry

1.
variant of -ery:
heraldry; husbandry; dentistry; tenantry; jewelry.
Origin
Middle English -rie < Old French; short form of -ery
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British Dictionary definitions for -ry

-ery

suffix
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
Word Origin
from Old French -erie; see -er1, -y³

-ry

suffix
1.
a variant of -ery dentistry
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Word Origin and History for -ry

reduced form of -ery.

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