from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A store selling foodstuffs and various household supplies.
  • noun Commodities sold by a grocer.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The selling of or dealing in goods at wholesale; wholesale traffic.
  • noun Goods sold at wholesale, collectively.
  • noun General supplies for the table and for household use, as flour, sugar, spices, coffee, etc.; the commodities sold by grocers: now always in the plural.
  • noun A grocer's shop.
  • noun A drinkingshop.
  • noun Small money; halfpence and farthings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The commodities sold by grocers, as tea, coffee, spices, etc.; -- in the United States almost always in the plural form, in this sense.
  • noun United States A retail grocer's shop or store.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Usually groceries; retail foodstuffs and other household supplies.
  • noun A shop or store that sells groceries; a grocery store.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a marketplace where groceries are sold
  • noun (usually plural) consumer goods sold by a grocer


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French grosserie ("wholesale"). Compare gross.


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