variety store

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  1. a retail store, as a five-and-ten, carrying a large variety of goods, especially low-priced articles.

Origin of variety store

An Americanism dating back to 1760–70

Words Nearby variety store Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use variety store in a sentence

  • We carry the biggest line of variety store Leaders in the country, and our goods are always of the best.

    Business English | Rose Buhlig
  • His store was next door to the then popular Bonafanti, who kept the largest and best patronized variety store of the day.

  • Wibird Penhallow's heaviest patron was the keeper of a variety store, and the first specimen of a pessimist I ever encountered.

    An Old Town By The Sea | Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • The War Department by watchmen, the law by constables, the merchants by a variety store, etc.

  • Mr. Brazer's establishment, which was known as a "variety store," came in for the best part of this trade.

Other Idioms and Phrases with variety store

variety store

A retail shop that carries a large selection of usually inexpensive merchandise, as in What this town needs is a good variety store. [Second half of 1700s]

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