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[grey-nuh-ree, gran-uh-] /ˈgreɪ nə ri, ˈgræn ə-/
noun, plural granaries.
a storehouse or repository for grain, especially after it has been threshed or husked.
a region that produces great quantities of grain.
Origin of granary
1560-70; < Latin grānārium, equivalent to grān(um) grain + -ārium -ary Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for granary
Historical Examples
  • The granary alone, then, could be the shelter of the invader, whoever he might be.

  • Unfortunately, in Mr. Boltay's house there was no room of that size, except a granary.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • This land had become the nation's granary; it was a land redeemed.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden
  • I, along with three other men-servants, slept in a granary in the yard.

    Real Ghost Stories William T. Stead
  • Shortly after his marriage he entered the service of the state as keeper of the granary.

  • Getting near the granary, the elephants stopped to examine it.

  • During the Revolution it was used as a granary and then as a club.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • Heavy at heart the students left the granary and put away the lantern.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • My pens were full of slaves; my granary, of rice; my stores, of merchandise.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • She showed him the granary, and told him there wasn't such another in Africa.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for granary


/ˈɡrænərɪ; US ˈɡreɪnərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
a building or store room for storing threshed grain, farm feed, etc
a region that produces a large amount of grain
Word Origin
C16: from Latin grānārium, from grānumgrain


trademark (of bread, flour, etc) containing malted wheat grain
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Word Origin and History for granary

1560s, from Latin granaria "granary, store house for corn," from granum "grain" (see corn (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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