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[groh-suh-ree, grohs-ree] /ˈgroʊ sə ri, ˈgroʊs ri/
noun, plural groceries.
1.
Also called grocery store. a grocer's store.
2.
Usually, groceries; especially British, grocery. food and other commodities sold by a grocer.
3.
the business of a grocer.
4.
Southwestern U.S.
  1. a saloon or bar.
  2. a liquor store.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English grocerie < Old French grosserie. See gross, -ery
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  • Inspiration often seems to pop up unpredictably-in the shower, on a long walk or even at the grocery store.
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  • Lines at the grocery store might become as obsolete as milkmen, if a new tag that seeks to replace bar codes becomes commonplace.
  • Counting calories today is as easy as checking the label in a grocery store, or perusing the menu in a restaurant.
  • Much of the discounters' success will be at the expense of small local grocery shops and markets.
  • It remains decidedly rural, with a few mom and pop grocery stores, service stations and churches.
  • Plan a menu of her faves, do the grocery shopping, and clean up afterward so mom is free to simply have fun in the kitchen.
  • Go grocery shopping, take the dog for a walk, and let the answering machine handle your calls.
  • If your grocery store doesn't offer plastic bag recycling, use reusable totes instead.
  • Orchids are springing up more and more in grocery stores.
British Dictionary definitions for grocery

grocery

/ˈɡrəʊsərɪ/
noun (pl) -ceries
1.
the business or premises of a grocer
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Word Origin and History for grocery
n.

mid-15c., "goods sold by a grocer" (now groceries, 1630s), earlier the name of the Grocer's Hall in London (early 15c.), from Old French grosserie, from grossier (see grocer). Meaning "a grocer's shop" is 1828, American English.

GROCERY. A grocer's shop. This word is not in the English dictionaries except in the sense of grocer's ware, such as tea, sugar, spice, etc.; in which sense we also use it in the plural. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1859]
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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