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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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How to use -ery in a sentence
He was “v[ery] hot under the collar ... frustrated and mad, self-righteous.”How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations|Malcolm Byrne|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ape′dom; Ape′hood; Ap′ery, conduct of one who apes, any ape-like action: a colony of apes.
Artill′erist, one skilled in artillery or gunnery; Artill′ery-man, a soldier of the artillery.
Owl′ery, an abode of owls: (Carlyle) an owl-like character; Owl′et, a little or young owl.
Redeliv′erance; Redeliv′ery, the act of delivering back: a second delivery or liberation.
Show′erless, without showers; Show′ery, abounding with showers.
British Dictionary definitions for -ery
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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