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  1. the owner or operator of a store that sells general food supplies and certain nonedible articles of household use, as soaps and paper products.
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Origin of grocer

1325–75; Middle English < Old French gross(i)er wholesale merchant. See gross, -er2
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Related Words for grocer

grocer, merchant, vendor, seller, entrepreneur, proprietor, businessperson, salesperson, dealer, retailer, wholesaler

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Historical Examples of grocer

  • The retailer is the grocer, the butcher, or the green grocer.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • From the jobber they go to the grocer, who delivers them to the consumer.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • Mr. Jenkins, the grocer, rented a cutaway, and bought a new Panama to wear with it.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • We may then expect to find Cantal cheese at every English grocer's.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • "I could have been a grocer if I'd wanted to," John continued.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for grocer


  1. a dealer in foodstuffs and other household supplies
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Word Origin for grocer

C15: from Old French grossier, from gros large; see gross
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Word Origin and History for grocer


early 15c. (mid-13c. as a surname), "one who buys and sells in gross," from Anglo-French grosser, Old French grossier, from Medieval Latin grossarius "wholesaler," literally "dealer in quantity," from Late Latin grossus "coarse (of food), great, gross" (see gross). Sense of "a merchant selling individual items of food" is 16c.

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