What does dairy mean?

Definitions for dairy
ˈdɛər idai·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dairy, dairy farmnoun

    a farm where dairy products are produced


  1. dairynoun

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

  2. dairynoun

    A shop selling dairy products.

  3. dairynoun

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

  4. dairynoun

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

  5. dairyadjective

    referring to products produced from milk.

  6. dairyadjective

    referring to the milk production and processing industries

  7. dairyadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DAIRYnoun

    Grounds were turned much in England from breeding, either to feeding or dairy; and this advanced the trade of English butter, which will be extremely beaten down, when Ireland turns to it too. William Temple.

    These beauties will suspect
    That you have no more worth
    Than the coarse and country fairy,
    That doth haunt the hearth or dairy. Ben Jonson.

    What stores my dairies and my folds contain!
    A thousand lambs that wander on the plain. John Dryden, Virgil.

    She in pens his flocks will fold,
    And then produce her dairy store. Dryden.

    Dairies, being well housewived, are exceeding commodious. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    Children, in dairy countries, do wax more tall than where they feed more upon bread and flesh. Francis Bacon, Natural History.


  1. Dairy

    A dairy is a place where milk is stored and where butter, cheese and other dairy products are made, or a place where those products are sold.: 325 : 284  It may be a room, a building or a larger establishment.: 284  In the United States, the word may also describe a dairy farm or the part of a mixed farm dedicated to milk for human consumption,: 284  whether from cows, buffaloes, goats, sheep, horses or camels. The attributive dairy describes milk-based products, derivatives and processes, and the animals and workers involved in their production, for example dairyman, dairymaid, dairy cattle or dairy goat. A dairy farm produces milk and a dairy factory processes it into a variety of dairy products. These establishments constitute the global dairy industry, part of the food industry.


  1. dairy

    Dairy refers to food products made from or containing the milk of mammals, primarily cows, but also goats, sheep, and buffalos. This includes foods such as cheese, yogurt, butter, and ice cream. Dairy can also refer to a facility or business involved in the production, processing, or sale of such products.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dairynoun

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

  2. Dairynoun

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

  3. Dairynoun

    a dairy farm

  4. Etymology: [OE. deierie, from deie, daie, maid; of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. deigja maid, dairymaid, Sw. deja, orig., a baking maid, fr. Icel. deig. 66. See Dough.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dairy

    dā′ri, n. the place where milk is kept, and butter and cheese made: an establishment for the supply of milk.—ns. Dai′ry-farm; Dai′rying; Dai′rymaid; Dai′ryman. [M. E. deye.—Ice. deigja, a dairymaid; orig. a kneader of dough.]

Editors Contribution

  1. dairy

    A range of milk and milk related food and products.

    Dairy products are created from milk primarily which include milk, cream, cheese and yoghurt.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 14, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for dairy »

  1. diary

  2. yaird

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dairy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dairy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of dairy in a Sentence

  1. Bob Barnes:

    Wisconsin's kind of what you'd think it would be, when you think of Wisconsin, you think dairy. So you do see the dairy.

  2. Salvador Segovia:

    Otis can go to Dairy Queen and he can get a hamburger. He’s the only dog allowed to lie down in front of the county court house, he also goes to (the grocery store) H?E?B. He’s not a stray. He’s a good dog.

  3. Takoua Debeche:

    We tried to mimic both the positive and the negative attributes of dairy flavors.

  4. Cris Peterson:

    Our entire economy, and dairy farming, are once again roaring back. One person deserves the credit and our vote, President Donald J. Trump.

  5. Kyle Anthony:

    Power is out in town. Grain silo collapsed. Barn collapsed at a dairy farm. Roof damage. Trees and power lines down.

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  • ملبنةArabic
  • млечни произведения, млечен, мандра, млекарницаBulgarian
  • mléčný, mlékárnaCzech
  • mejeri, mejeriproduktDanish
  • Molkereiprodukte, Milchprodukte, Milchladen, MolkereiGerman
  • γαλακτοκομικός, γαλακτοκομικά, γαλακτοκομείο, γαλακτοπωλείοGreek
  • laktaĵoj, fromaĝfarejoEsperanto
  • granja, establo, lechería, minisúper, lácteo, granja lechera, lácteos, tiendita, supercitoSpanish
  • لبنیاتPersian
  • maitokauppa, lähikauppa, meijeri, maitotuoteFinnish
  • laitière, laiterie, laitier, alimentation générale, dépanneur, crémerie, laitagesFrench
  • מוצרי חלב, מחלבהHebrew
  • दुग्धालयHindi
  • tejcsarnokHungarian
  • կաթնարան, կաթնատուն, կաթնամթերքArmenian
  • susuIndonesian
  • mjólkurbúð, mjólkurafurðir, mjólkurbúIcelandic
  • latteria, latticini, caseario, caseificio, alimentariItalian
  • 牧場, 牛乳屋, 牛乳販売店, 酪農, 乳製品, コンビニJapanese
  • რძის პროდუქტები, ერბო-კარაქის ქარხანა, რძის, რძის ფერმაGeorgian
  • 낙농공장Korean
  • dairyLatin
  • млечна, гранап, бакалница, млечно, млечен, млекарница, млечни производиMacedonian
  • zuivel, zuivel-Dutch
  • meieri, meieri-, melkeprodukter, melke-, melkebutikk, meieriprodukterNorwegian
  • mleczarnia, nabiałPolish
  • lacticínios, mercearia, leitariaPortuguese
  • lactate, untărieRomanian
  • маслобойня, продукты, молочный, магазин, молочная, маслодельня, молочная фермаRussian
  • mejeriSwedish
  • shajaraSwahili
  • பால்Tamil
  • పాలTelugu
  • MandıraTurkish
  • دودھUrdu
  • מילכיקסYiddish

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    pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
    A abhor
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