[ dair-ee ]
/ ˈdɛər i /

noun, plural dair·ies for 1–4.


Origin of dairy

1250–1300; Middle English daierie, equivalent to daie, deie dairymaid (Old English dǣge bread maker; cognate with Old Norse deigja; see lady) + -erie -ery
Can be confuseddairy diary
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/ (ˈdɛərɪ) /

noun plural dairies

a company that supplies milk and milk products
  1. a shop that sells provisions, esp milk and milk products
  2. NZ a shop that remains open outside normal trading hours
a room or building where milk and cream are stored or made into butter and cheese
  1. (modifier) of or relating to the production of milk and milk productsdairy cattle
  2. (in combination)a dairymaid; a dairyman
  1. food containing milk or milk productsshe can't eat dairy
  2. (as modifier)dairy produce

Word Origin for dairy

C13 daierie, from Old English dǣge servant girl, one who kneads bread; see dough, lady
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Word Origin and History for dairies



late 13c., "building for making butter and cheese; dairy farm," formed with Anglo-French -erie affixed to Middle English daie (in daie maid "dairymaid"), from Old English dæge "kneader of bread, housekeeper, female servant" (see dey (n.1)). The purely native word was dey-house.

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