- Also called grocery store. a grocer's store.
- Usually groceries; especially British. grocery. food and other commodities sold by a grocer.
- the business of a grocer.
- Southwestern U.S. (formerly)
- a saloon or bar.
- a liquor store.
Origin of grocery
Examples from the Web for groceries
Contemporary Examples of groceries
He would load his chair with groceries and other purchases, once a 30-roll package of toilet paper.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won
October 13, 2014
That is not the tofu you see in groceries or even the meat substitute sold in vegetarian places.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison
June 21, 2014
Holding a bag of groceries, she called home to tell her fiancé she was having some packages delivered.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’
April 6, 2014
How many dollars worth of groceries would you, personally, need to feel OK about this happening?Lesser Mysteries for Those With Breaking News Fatigue
Kelly Williams Brown
March 23, 2014
But now, shoppers in Boston-area supermarkets get to worry that they may have been exposed when they stopped by for groceries.Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC.
March 13, 2014
Historical Examples of groceries
In connection with the tavern he carried on a small business in groceries.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
To explain, Mr. Mudge had just been to the village store to purchase some groceries.Paul Prescott's Charge
There's nothing like the groceries, after all,—eh, Sir George?Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)
Only Bijonah Tanner remained to buy some groceries from Boughton.The Harbor of Doubt
I've settled the baker, the milk, the washin' an' the groceries—this 'ere's what's left.The Fugitive (Third Series Plays)
- merchandise, esp foodstuffs, sold by a grocer
- the business or premises of a grocer
Word Origin and History for groceries
mid-15c., "goods sold by a grocer" (now groceries, 1630s), earlier the name of the Grocer's Hall in London (early 15c.), from Old French grosserie, from grossier (see grocer). Meaning "a grocer's shop" is 1828, American English.
GROCERY. A grocer's shop. This word is not in the English dictionaries except in the sense of grocer's ware, such as tea, sugar, spice, etc.; in which sense we also use it in the plural. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1859]
Self-service groceries were a novelty in 1913 when a Montana, U.S., firm copyrighted the word groceteria (with the ending from cafeteria used in an un-etymological sense) to name them. The term existed through the 1920s.