1. a suffix of nouns denoting occupation, business, calling or condition, place or establishment, goods or products, things collectively, qualities, actions, etc.: archery; bakery; cutlery; fishery; trickery; witchery.

Origin of -ery

Middle English < Old French -erie, equivalent to -ier -er2 + -ie -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for -ery



suffix forming nouns
  1. indicating a place of business or some other activitybakery; brewery; refinery
  2. indicating a class or collection of thingscutlery; greenery
  3. indicating qualities or actions collectivelysnobbery; trickery
  4. indicating a practice or occupationhusbandry
  5. indicating a state or conditionslavery

Word Origin for -ery

from Old French -erie; see -er 1, -y ³
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Word Origin and History for -ery

word-forming element making nouns meaning "place for, art of, condition of, quantity of," from Middle English -erie, from Latin -arius.

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