-ery


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.

Nearby words

  1. -erel,
  2. -ergic,
  3. -ern,
  4. -eroo,
  5. -ers,
  6. -es,
  7. -esce,
  8. -escence,
  9. -escent,
  10. -ese

Origin of -ery

Middle English < Old French -erie, equivalent to -ier -er2 + -ie -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for -ery

-ery

-ry

suffix forming nouns

indicating a place of business or some other activitybakery; brewery; refinery
indicating a class or collection of thingscutlery; greenery
indicating qualities or actions collectivelysnobbery; trickery
indicating a practice or occupationhusbandry
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

-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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