dry goods


plural noun

textile fabrics and related merchandise, as distinguished from groceries, hardware, etc.

Origin of dry goods

First recorded in 1695–1705
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Related Words for dry goods

ready-to-wear, textiles

Examples from the Web for dry goods

Historical Examples of dry goods

  • The only other furniture were a flour-barrel and a dry-goods box.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Try and get into the dry-goods emporium if you can: the girls all shop there.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • They had reached the dry-goods store and went in to make their purchases.

  • Your cousin keeps a dry-goods store, where you have a fine view of the proceedings.

  • It held no furniture at all—only a long, low shelf and a dry-goods box.