Definitions for dairyˈdɛər i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dair•yˈdɛər i(n.; adj.)(pl.)dair•ies

  1. (n.)a room, building, or group of buildings where milk and cream are kept and butter and cheese are made.

  2. a company that processes or distributes milk and milk products.

  3. a store that sells milk and milk products.

  4. the business of producing milk, butter, and cheese.

  5. (in the Jewish dietary laws) dairy products, in contrast to meat and meat products.

    Category: Judaism

  6. (adj.)of or pertaining to a dairy or to a farm devoted to the production of milk and milk products.

  7. of or pertaining to milk, cream, butter, cheese, etc.

Origin of dairy:

1250–1300; (OE dǣge bread maker; c. ON deigja; see lady ) +-erie -ery

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dairy, dairy farm(noun)

    a farm where dairy products are produced

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dairy(noun)ˈdɛər i

    a farm that makes milk products

    ***a local organic dairy

  2. dairy(adjective)ˈdɛər i

    relating to milk products

    dairy products


  1. dairy(Noun)

    A place, often on a farm, where milk is processed and turned into products such as butter and cheese.

  2. dairy(Noun)

    A shop selling dairy products.

  3. dairy(Noun)

    (also dairy products or dairy produce) Products produced from milk.

  4. dairy(Noun)

    A corner-store, superette or 'mini-mart' of some description.

  5. dairy(Adjective)

    referring to products produced from milk.

  6. dairy(Adjective)

    referring to the milk production and processing industries

  7. dairy(Adjective)

    on food labelling, containing fats only from dairy sources (e.g. dairy ice cream)

  8. Origin: Origin 1250-1300, ( daierie and other forms), from dey + -ery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dairy(noun)

    the place, room, or house where milk is kept, and converted into butter or cheese

  2. Dairy(noun)

    that department of farming which is concerned in the production of milk, and its conversion into butter and cheese

  3. Dairy(noun)

    a dairy farm


  1. Dairy

    A dairy is a business enterprise established for the harvesting of animal milk – mostly from cows or goats, but also from buffalo, sheep, horses or camels – for human consumption. A dairy is typically located on a dedicated dairy farm or section of a multi-purpose farm that is concerned with the harvesting of milk. Terminology differs between countries. For example, in the United States, a farm building where milk is harvested is often called a "milking parlor". In New Zealand such a building is historically known as a "milking shed" or "milking parlour". Sometimes milking sheds are referred to by their type, such as "herring bone shed" or "pit parlour". In some countries, especially those with small numbers of animals being milked, as well as harvesting the milk from an animal, the dairy may also process the milk into butter, cheese and yogurt, for example. This is a traditional method of producing specialist milk products, especially in Europe. In the United States a dairy can also be a place that processes, distributes and sells dairy products, or a room, building or establishment where milk is stored and processed into milk products, such as butter or cheese. In New Zealand English the singular use of the word dairy almost exclusively refers to the corner convenience store, or superette. This usage is historical as such stores were a common place for the public to buy milk products.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dairy' in Nouns Frequency: #2994

Anagrams of dairy

  1. diary

Translations for dairy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a shop supplying milk, butter, cheese etc

We bought milk at the dairy.

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