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[soo-per-mahr-kit] /ˈsu pərˌmɑr kɪt/
a large retail market that sells food and other household goods and that is usually operated on a self-service basis.
any business or company offering an unusually wide range of goods or services:
a financial supermarket that sells stocks, bonds, insurance, and real estate.
Origin of supermarket
1920-25, Americanism; super- + market Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They turned into the supermarket and mingled with the shoppers.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • The supermarket took all we had—except a dozen—and at a dollar fifty each.

    Junior Achievement William Lee
  • No food within a hundred miles after we used what was in our own pantry and robbed what we could from the supermarket downtown.

    The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones
  • We began to find better bargains elsewhere, in the supermarket.

    The Great Gray Plague Raymond F. Jones
  • Apparently he cashed the check at the little store, or the supermarket, near where you lived there in New Orleans.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for supermarket


a large self-service store retailing food and household supplies
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for supermarket

1933, American English, from super- + market (n.). The 1933 reference is in an article that says the stores themselves began to open around 1931.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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