variant of -ery: heraldry; husbandry; dentistry; tenantry; jewelry.

Middle English -rie < Old French; short form of -ery

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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]

suffix forming nouns
a variant of -ery : dentistry

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