noun, plural dairies.
an establishment, as a room, building, or buildings, where milk and cream are kept and butter and cheese are made.
a shop or company that sells milk, butter, etc.
the business of a dairy farm, concerned with the production and treatment of milk and cream and the manufacture of butter and cheese.
(in Jewish dietary law) dairy products.
of or pertaining to a dairy or a dairy farm.
of, for, or pertaining to milk, cream, butter, cheese, etc.: dairy products; the dairy case at a supermarket.
(in Jewish dietary law) of or pertaining to those foods, including all milk products, eggs, fish, vegetables, etc., that may be eaten at a meal in which milk is served, in contrast to meat and meat products, which may not.

1250–1300; Middle English daierie, equivalent to daie, deie dairymaid (Old English dǣge bread maker; cognate with Old Norse deigja; see lady) + -erie -ery

dairy, diary.
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dairy (ˈdɛərɪ)
n , pl dairies
1.  a company that supplies milk and milk products
2.  a.  a shop that sells provisions, esp milk and milk products
 b.  (NZ) a shop that remains open outside normal trading hours
3.  a room or building where milk and cream are stored or made into butter and cheese
4.  a.  (modifier) of or relating to the production of milk and milk products: dairy cattle
 b.  (in combination): a dairymaid; a dairyman
5.  a.  food containing milk or milk products: she can't eat dairy
 b.  (as modifier): dairy produce
[C13 daierie, from Old English dǣge servant girl, one who kneads bread; see dough, lady]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from Anglo-Fr. -erie suffix affixed to M.E. daie (in daie maid "dairymaid"), from O.E. dæge "kneader of bread, housekeeper, female servant" (see dey (1)). The native word was dey-house.
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