Meaning of grocer in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡrəʊsə/

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  • A person who sells food and small household goods.

    ‘Moreover, another problem is that some grocers sell the subsidised food products which are allocated for the ration cards at higher prices.’
    • ‘Under his direction, a team of volunteers keeps a close watch on any businesses which come up for sale in the area and then helps young grocers or other food sellers to move in.’
    • ‘In some cases, grocers have refused to sell food and petrol to anti-drug officials and vandals have slashed the tyres of their government vehicles.’
    • ‘It had 10 butchers, 10 grocers, six fish-and-chip shops, haberdashers, ironmongers and fruiterers.’
    • ‘Next we drove to Granville Island and perused its Public Market with grocers, bakers, butchers, and crafts.’
    • ‘By that stage everyone was trying to sell them, even grocers.’
    • ‘Food was delivered to the house by the grocer, greengrocer, baker and butcher.’
    • ‘Therefore, grocers and other food/beverage vendors must buy commercial refrigeration units.’
    • ‘This is somewhat ironic since the majority of the wine sold in Britain has been sold by grocers, as opposed to specialists, since at least 1987.’
    • ‘She went to the grocers and bought food and supplies with her own money.’
    • ‘Gardeners tended her yard and flowers, and the grocer brought her groceries to her on his way home.’
    • ‘After all, your neighbourhood grocer would sell much the same stuff at double the price.’
    • ‘The food shopping round here relies more on local grocers and butchers and farm shops such as the vast one at Friday Street than any supermarket.’
    • ‘He came from a family of grocers in Abel Street but was determined to become a mining engineer, starting with dawn bike rides to Habergham Pit to his junior post.’
    • ‘It had its own butchers, bakers and grocers, not to mention three farms, a carpenters, a wheelwrights, several pubs and a brewery.’
    • ‘Vendors and grocers sponsored ingredients for the feast which included a three-course meal.’
    • ‘Small specialist shops such as bakers, grocers and butchers in villages, and even towns and cities, are vanishing.’
    • ‘Many independent shops such as grocers, cafes and butchers now say they will not be able to afford the steep increase in rates on top of rent rises.’
    • ‘Awards will be made for first, second and third in categories for publicans, grocers and general.’
    • ‘Among the shops nearby were a grocers, a haberdashers, a sweet shop and a tripe shop.’


Middle English (originally ‘a person who sold things in the gross’ (i.e. in large quantities)): from Old French grossier, from medieval Latin grossarius, from late Latin grossus ‘gross’.