[ dair-ee ]
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noun,plural dair·ies for 1-4.
  1. an establishment, as a room, building, or buildings, where milk and cream are kept and butter and cheese are made.

  2. a shop or company that sells milk, butter, etc.

  1. the business of a dairy farm, concerned with the production and treatment of milk and cream and the manufacture of butter and cheese.

  2. milk, or products made from or containing milk; dairy products, as butter and cheese: He avoids red meat, processed foods, and dairy in his diet.

  3. (in Jewish dietary law) foods, including all milk products, eggs, fish, vegetables, etc., that may be eaten at a meal in which milk is served, in contrast to meat and meat products, which may not.

  1. of or relating to a dairy or a dairy farm.

  2. relating to or for milk, cream, butter, cheese, etc.: dairy products; the dairy case at a supermarket.

  1. (in Jewish dietary law) of or relating to dairy, in contrast to meat and meat products.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for dairy


/ (ˈdɛərɪ) /

nounplural dairies
  1. a company that supplies milk and milk products

    • a shop that sells provisions, esp milk and milk products

    • NZ a shop that remains open outside normal trading hours

  1. a room or building where milk and cream are stored or made into butter and cheese

    • (modifier) of or relating to the production of milk and milk products: dairy cattle

    • (in combination): a dairymaid; a dairyman

    • food containing milk or milk products: she can't eat dairy

    • (as modifier): dairy produce

Origin of dairy

C13 daierie, from Old English dǣge servant girl, one who kneads bread; see dough, lady

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