a large retail market that sells food and other household goods and that is usually operated on a self-service basis.
any business or company offering an unusually wide range of goods or services: a financial supermarket that sells stocks, bonds, insurance, and real estate.

Origin of supermarket

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; super- + market Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for supermarket

Contemporary Examples of supermarket

Historical Examples of supermarket

  • The Supermarket took all we had—except a dozen—and at a dollar fifty each.

  • We began to find better bargains elsewhere, in the supermarket.

    The Great Gray Plague

    Raymond F. Jones

  • They turned into the supermarket and mingled with the shoppers.

    Smugglers' Reef

    John Blaine

  • She pressed through the crowds entering and leaving the supermarket.

    The Amazing Mrs. Mimms

    David C. Knight

  • A gasoline station and a weed-grown lot would shortly be replaced by a supermarket.

    Time and Time Again

    Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for supermarket



a large self-service store retailing food and household supplies
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for supermarket

1933, American English, from super- + market (n.). The 1933 reference is in an article that says the stores themselves began to open around 1931.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper