[ mom-uhn-pop ]

  1. of or relating to a small retail business, usually owned and operated by members of a family: a mom-and-pop grocery.

  2. of or indicating something, as an enterprise, investment, or project, that is independent, small in scope, and modestly financed.

noun,plural mom-and-pops.
  1. a small-scale, owner-operated business.

Origin of mom-and-pop

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55

Words Nearby mom-and-pop Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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