supermarket

[ soo-per-mahr-kit ]
/ ˈsu pərˌmɑr kɪt /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. superlunar,
  2. superlunary,
  3. supermajority,
  4. supermale,
  5. superman,
  6. supermarketer,
  7. supermassive,
  8. supermassive star,
  9. supermax,
  10. supermaxilla

Origin of supermarket

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; super- + market

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British Dictionary definitions for supermarket

supermarket

/ (ˈsuːpəˌmɑːkɪt) /

noun

a large self-service store retailing food and household supplies
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Word Origin and History for supermarket

supermarket

n.

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

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