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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
An Americanism dating back to 1920-25; super- + market Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The supermarket took all we had—except a dozen—and at a dollar fifty each.

    Junior Achievement William Lee
  • We began to find better bargains elsewhere, in the supermarket.

    The Great Gray Plague Raymond F. Jones
  • They turned into the supermarket and mingled with the shoppers.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • She pressed through the crowds entering and leaving the supermarket.

    The Amazing Mrs. Mimms David C. Knight
  • A gasoline station and a weed-grown lot would shortly be replaced by a supermarket.

    Time and Time Again Henry Beam Piper
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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