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[groh-ser] /ˈgroʊ sər/
the owner or operator of a store that sells general food supplies and certain nonedible articles of household use, as soaps and paper products.
Origin of grocer
1325-75; Middle English < Old French gross(i)er wholesale merchant. See gross, -er2 Unabridged
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  • Or a grocer's glove with sensors that integrate temperature, smell and vision to determine if produce has gone bad.
  • In buying flour, whether bread or pastry, select the best kept by your grocer.
  • For those out shopping, cantaloupes currently available at your neighborhood grocer should be safe.
  • It's time for grocer's shelves and displays to trumpet brands that offer less calories and a better balance of nutrition.
  • At he grocer's he can't sell anything because the pension owner owes the grocer money.
  • The system would not supply food directly, but would instead top up credit at the patient's grocer using an automatic link.
  • The middlemen between the farmer and the grocer make the lion's share of the profits.
  • Opponents claim the grocer-turned-president is becoming increasingly authoritarian and arbitrary.
  • Get them at the bakery or in the grocer's baking section.
  • My hair got so bad that the local grocer even said that my hair was starting to look a bit crazy.
British Dictionary definitions for grocer


a dealer in foodstuffs and other household supplies
Word Origin
C15: from Old French grossier, from gros large; see gross
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Word Origin and History for grocer

early 15c. (mid-13c. as a surname), "one who buys and sells in gross," from Anglo-French grosser, Old French grossier, from Medieval Latin grossarius "wholesaler," literally "dealer in quantity," from Late Latin grossus "coarse (of food), great, gross" (see gross). Sense of "a merchant selling individual items of food" is 16c.

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