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[dair-ee] /ˈdɛər i/
noun, plural dairies for 1-4.
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.
milk, or products made from or containing milk; dairy products, as butter and cheese:
He avoids red meat, processed foods, and dairy in his diet.
(in Jewish dietary law) 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.
of or relating to a dairy or a dairy farm.
relating to or for milk, cream, butter, cheese, etc.:
dairy products; the dairy case at a supermarket.
(in Jewish dietary law) of or relating to dairy, in contrast to meat and meat products.
Origin of dairy
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dairy
  • Studies have linked milk and dairy consumption with hay fever, eczema and asthma.
  • Nomads of all ages dine on the meat and dairy products of their herds.
  • Raw cashews, almond milk, and coconut take the place of dairy.
  • As milk prices soar one of the dairy industry's leading trade pubs gets a redesign.
  • dairy products bearing the latest date should be purchased.
  • Strong bones need calcium and one of the best ways to get it is from dairy products.
  • But the the question where milk comes from has the potential to reach beyond dairy farms and breakfast tables.
  • Pour whey if using, milk, and salt into pot and insert dairy thermometer into milk mixture.
  • State law prohibits sale of unpasteurized dairy products.
  • Let's say that everyone agrees with our poster and stops eating meat, eggs, and dairy products.
British Dictionary definitions for dairy


noun (pl) dairies
a company that supplies milk and milk products
  1. a shop that sells provisions, esp milk and milk products
  2. (NZ) a shop that remains open outside normal trading hours
a room or building where milk and cream are stored or made into butter and cheese
  1. (modifier) of or relating to the production of milk and milk products: dairy cattle
  2. (in combination): a dairymaid, a dairyman
  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 dairy

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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