[grey-nuh-ree, gran-uh-]

noun, plural gra·na·ries.

a storehouse or repository for grain, especially after it has been threshed or husked.
a region that produces great quantities of grain.

Origin of granary

1560–70; < Latin grānārium, equivalent to grān(um) grain + -ārium -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for granary

repository, storehouse, crib, barn

Examples from the Web for granary

Historical Examples of granary

  • The granary alone, then, could be the shelter of the invader, whoever he might be.

  • Unfortunately, in Mr. Boltay's house there was no room of that size, except a granary.

  • This land had become the nation's granary; it was a land redeemed.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden

  • I, along with three other men-servants, slept in a granary in the yard.

    Real Ghost Stories

    William T. Stead

  • Shortly after his marriage he entered the service of the state as keeper of the granary.

British Dictionary definitions for granary


noun plural -ries

a building or store room for storing threshed grain, farm feed, etc
a region that produces a large amount of grain

Word Origin for granary

C16: from Latin grānārium, from grānum grain



trademark (of bread, flour, etc) containing malted wheat grain
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Word Origin and History for granary

1560s, from Latin granaria "granary, store house for corn," from granum "grain" (see corn (n.1)).

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