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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.
Origin of granary
1560-70; < Latin grānārium, equivalent to grān(um) grain + -ārium -ary Unabridged
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  • His gourd season sits on a granary floor, a winnowing wind in her hair.
  • From medieval palace to prison, distillery and granary, this castle was finally restored to its original glory.
  • We rappelled into a granary with the archaeologists, and the view going down was spectacular.
  • One grain does not fill the granary but it helps its companions.
  • The property includes another smaller mill, a granary and a storehouse.
  • The restaurant is located in a historic building that used to be a granary.
  • The scene appears to be taking place in the granary of some inn.
  • In addition to the outbuildings listed, there is a steel granary located on the property.
  • There is always an exhibition upstairs in what used to be the granary.
  • Over the cemetery's south wall there is a granary and storehouse, where the poor find provisions.
British Dictionary definitions for granary


/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 granary

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

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