• (RP) IPA: /ˈɡɹəʊs(ə)ɹi/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɡɹoʊs(ə)ɹi/, /ˈɡɹoʊʃ(ə)ɹi/

grocery (plural groceries)

  1. (usually groceries) retail foodstuffs and other household supplies.
    • 1776: Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
      Where ten thousand pounds can be employed in the grocery trade, the wages of the grocer's labour make but a very trifling addition...
    • 1850, Thomas Carlyle, Latter-Day Pamphlets, The present time
      Did not cotton spin itself, beef grow, and groceries and spiceries come in from the East and the West, quite comfortably by the side of shams?
  2. A shop or store that sells groceries; a grocery store.
    • 1854: Henry David Thoreau, Walden
      I observed that the vitals of the village were the grocery, the bar-room, the post-office, and the bank...
Synonyms Related terms Translations
  • French: épicerie
  • German: Lebensmittelladen, Lebensmittelgeschäft, Lebensmittelhandlung
  • Italian: drogheria, alimentari
  • Russian: бакале́я
  • Spanish: abarrotería f (Guatemala), abastecedor m (Costa Rica), abasto m (Venezuela), almacén m (Argentina), bodega f (Colombia), colmado m (originally Spain - now especially Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico), despensa f (Argentina), pulpería f (Costa Rica), tienda de abarrotes f (Bolivia), tienda de barrio f (Bolivia), tienda de ultramarinos m (Spain), trucha f (Northern Honduras), abacería, (Spain) tienda de ultramarinos

grocery (groceries, present participle grocerying; past and past participle groceried)

  1. (intransitive) To go grocery shopping.
  2. (transitive) To furnish with groceries.
    • a. 1998, "Doing It for Money", Ron Rau, in Seasons of the Angler: A Fisherman's Anthology, page 95, edited by David Seybold
      What freedom to be iced, fueled, and groceried for two weeks and running toward a reef you truly love

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