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[grey-nuh-ree, gran-uh-] /ˈgreɪ nə ri, ˈgræn ə-/
noun, plural granaries.
a storehouse or repository for grain, especially after it has been threshed or husked.
a region that produces great quantities of grain.
1560-70; < Latin grānārium, equivalent to grān(um) grain + -ārium -ary Unabridged
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Examples from the web for granaries
  • With its thatched roofs, prayer house and granaries surrounded by trees, you'll forget what century it is as you explore history.
  • Cloisters for mendicant crows and granaries pillaged by squirrels.
  • Farmers were out to defend their cattle-sheds, granaries, and ripening root crops with arms in their hands.
  • But details about the lifestyle of the farmers who used those granaries and tools remained a mystery until now.
  • Some granaries hold corncobs abandoned seven centuries ago.
  • In villages across the country, millions were dying of hunger even as the granaries stood full.
  • Archaeologists have found many granaries and dwellings in the area.
  • It was during this period that small cliff granaries became popular.
  • Storage granaries under the canyon rims protected harvests of corn, beans and squash for later use.
  • Small granaries were built about two feet above the ground to store acorns, nuts and seeds.
British Dictionary definitions for granaries


/ˈɡrænərɪ; US ˈɡreɪnərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
a building or store room for storing threshed grain, farm feed, etc
a region that produces a large amount of grain
Word Origin
C16: from Latin grānārium, from grānumgrain


trademark (of bread, flour, etc) containing malted wheat grain
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Word Origin and History for granaries



1560s, from Latin granaria "granary, store house for corn," from granum "grain" (see corn (n.1)).

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