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[ahy-ern-muhng-guh-ree, -mong-] /ˈaɪ ərnˌmʌŋ gə ri, -ˌmɒŋ-/
noun, plural ironmongeries. British
a hardware store or business.
the stock of a hardware store; hardware.
Origin of ironmongery
1705-15; ironmonger + -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She looked shyly up at the lighted wire-blinds over the ironmongery.

    Hilda Lessways Arnold Bennett
  • I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade.

    A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  • So does the ironmongery —candle-boxes, and gridirons, and that sort of necessaries—because those things tell, and mount up.

  • Don Mateo's right hand in all these festivities was Severino, of the ironmongery shop.

    The Fourth Estate, vol. 2 Armando Palacio Valds
  • The man on top began kicking with the spurs from shoulder to rump, and shaking up the ironmongery in the poor brute's mouth.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • Not that the letter had anything to do with Clement-Pell, for it only enclosed a bill for some ironmongery bought at Evesham.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Some of the chiefs, enjoining silence, made short harangues, and Cook began the usual distribution of ironmongery and hardware.

  • So does the ironmongery—candle-boxes, and gridirons, and that sort of necessaries—because those things tell, and mount up.

    David Copperfield Charles Dickens
  • But now they go to see about settling the matter with ironmongery.

  • Back in the old days, the blacksmith just made every bit of ironmongery everyone needed, one piece at a time, at his forge.

    Makers Cory Doctorow

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