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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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  • Look for horseradish root in the supermarket's produce section.
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  • Short shelf life in the supermarket so it's never as fresh as you want it.
  • The building is slated to be bulldozed within a few months to make way for a supermarket.
  • Yes, the stray graduate student who sees you at the supermarket will notice, and perhaps scuttle off to tell his or her cronies.
  • After two weeks, the supermarket reversed its decision.
  • For example, ethnic food offerings in the supermarket section, sports-team t-shirts in the apparel section vary across locations.
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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