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

Nearby words

  1. groan,
  2. groaner,
  3. groaning,
  4. groat,
  5. groats,
  6. groceries,
  7. grocery,
  8. groceryman,
  9. grockle,
  10. grodno

Origin of grocer

1325–75; Middle English < Old French gross(i)er wholesale merchant. See gross, -er2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grocer



a dealer in foodstuffs and other household supplies

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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