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
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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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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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