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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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  • All day long the farmer was about in the fields while his wife looked after the house and the dairy.

    Tell Me Another Story Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • Another, fitted up as a dairy, was hardly less of a picture.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The great object aimed at in the construction of the dairy was coolness, and freedom from dust as much as possible.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • First there is the dairy business, which I have already spoken of.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • If a boy were sent to school in the nearest large town, his board was paid with poultry and dairy products.

    New Homes for Old Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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