Meaning of -ery in English:


Pronunciation /əri/


(also -ry)
  • 1Forming nouns denoting a class or kind.

    • ‘greenery’
  • 2Forming nouns denoting an occupation, a state, a condition, or behaviour.

    • ‘bravery’
    • ‘slavery’
    1. 2.1Forming nouns with depreciatory reference.
      • ‘tomfoolery’
  • 3Forming nouns denoting a place set aside for an activity or a grouping of things, animals, etc.

    • ‘rookery’


From French -erie, based on Latin -arius and -ator.