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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.

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Origin of -ery

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