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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Related Words for dairies

farm, buttery, factory, creamery

Examples from the Web for dairies

Historical Examples of dairies

  • I superintend the dairies; the butter and the cheese are the produce of my industry.


    William Godwin

  • The inhabitants are supported by manufactures, grazing and dairies.

    The Story of My Life

    Egerton Ryerson

  • Then there are the dairies, with coffee, a unique institution.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • The Bretons also say that there are spirits who silently skim the milk-pans in the dairies.

    The Fairy Mythology

    Thomas Keightley

  • I have also been told that there are Gipsies in the county of Kent, who have hop farms and dairies.

British Dictionary definitions for dairies


noun plural dairies

a company that supplies milk and milk products
  1. a shop that sells provisions, esp milk and milk products
  2. NZa 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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