the owner or operator of a store that sells general food supplies and certain nonedible articles of household use, as soaps and paper products.

1325–75; Middle English < Old French gross(i)er wholesale merchant. See gross, -er2 Unabridged
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grocer (ˈɡrəʊsə)
a dealer in foodstuffs and other household supplies
[C15: from Old French grossier, from gros large; see gross]

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Word Origin & History

1255, "one who buys and sells in gross," from Anglo-Fr. grosser, from M.L. grossarius "wholesaler," lit. "dealer in quantity," from L.L. grossus "coarse (of food), great, gross" (see gross). Sense of "a merchant selling individual items of food" is 16c. Grocery "a grocer's
shop" is 1828, Amer.Eng. Self-service groceries were a novelty in 1913 when a Montana, U.S., firm copyrighted the word groceteria (with the ending from cafeteria used in an un-etymological sense) to name them. The term existed through the 1920s.
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Example sentences
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.
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