noun Chiefly British.

a retailer of fresh vegetables and fruit.

Origin of greengrocer

First recorded in 1715–25; green + grocer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for greengrocer



mainly British a retail trader in fruit and vegetables
Derived Formsgreengrocery, noun
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Word Origin and History for greengrocer

1723, from green "vegetables" + grocer.

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