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dairy

[dair-ee] /ˈdɛər i/
noun, plural dairies.
1.
an establishment, as a room, building, or buildings, where milk and cream are kept and butter and cheese are made.
2.
a shop or company that sells milk, butter, etc.
3.
the business of a dairy farm, concerned with the production and treatment of milk and cream and the manufacture of butter and cheese.
5.
(in Jewish dietary law) dairy products.
adjective
6.
of or pertaining to a dairy or a dairy farm.
7.
of, for, or pertaining to milk, cream, butter, cheese, etc.:
dairy products; the dairy case at a supermarket.
8.
(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.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English daierie, equivalent to daie, deie dairymaid (Old English dǣge bread maker; cognate with Old Norse deigja; see lady) + -erie -ery
Can be confused
dairy, diary.
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British Dictionary definitions for dairies

dairy

/ˈdɛərɪ/
noun (pl) dairies
1.
a company that supplies milk and milk products
2.
  1. a shop that sells provisions, esp milk and milk products
  2. (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.
  1. (modifier) of or relating to the production of milk and milk products: dairy cattle
  2. (in combination): a dairymaid, a dairyman
5.
  1. food containing milk or milk products: she can't eat dairy
  2. (as modifier): dairy produce
Word Origin
C13 daierie, from Old English dǣge servant girl, one who kneads bread; see dough, lady
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Word Origin and History for dairies

dairy

n.

late 13c., "building for making butter and cheese; dairy farm," formed with Anglo-French -erie affixed to Middle English daie (in daie maid "dairymaid"), from Old English dæge "kneader of bread, housekeeper, female servant" (see dey (n.1)). The purely native word was dey-house.

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