What does grocer mean?

Definitions for grocer
ˈgroʊ sərgro·cer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grocer(noun)

    a retail merchant who sells foodstuffs (and some household supplies)


  1. grocer(Noun)

    A person who sells groceries (foodstuffs and household items) retail from a grocery

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grocer(noun)

    a trader who deals in tea, sugar, spices, coffee, fruits, and various other commodities

    Etymology: [Formerly written grosser, orig., one who sells by the gross, or deals by wholesale, fr. F. grossier, marchand grossier, fr. gros large, great. See Gross.]


  1. Grocer

    A grocer is a bulk seller of food. Beginning as early as the 14th century, a grocer was a dealer in comestible dry goods such as spices, peppers, sugar, and cocoa, tea and coffee. These items were bought in bulk, hence the term grocer from the French "grossier" meaning wholesaler, this term derived from Medieval Latin "grossarius" from which we also derive the word gross. As increasing numbers of staple foodstuffs became available in cans and other less-perishable packaging, the trade expanded its province. Today, grocers deal in a wide range of staple food-stuffs including such perishables as meats, produce and dairy products. Such goods are, hence, groceries. In the United States and United Kingdom, supermarkets and convenience stores are sometimes described as grocery businesses, or simply grocers. The early supermarkets began as chains of grocer's shops. Clarence Saunders of Memphis, Tennessee invented the self-service grocery store with open stock in 1916, for which he received a US patent. Prior to this change in the way of doing business, the customer of a grocer would walk up to a counter or display and ask for the food items they wanted to purchase, or hand over a grocery list, as an order that the grocer or other clerks would then fill and charge the customer for.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grocer

    grōs′ėr, n. a dealer in tea, sugar, &c.—n. Groc′ery (generally used in pl.), articles sold by grocers. [Earlier grosser or engrosser, a wholesale dealer; O. Fr. grossiergros, great.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Grocer

    A term derived from the same root as Gross, “the great hundred,” and applied to a provision dealer who in former times was the only trader rejoicing in the monopoly of dealing in large quantities.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grocer in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grocer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of grocer in a Sentence

  1. Polly Adler:

    What it comes down to is this: the grocer, the butcher, the baker, the merchant, the landlord, the druggist, the liquor dealer, the policeman, the doctor, the city father and the politician—these are the people who make money out of prostitution.

  2. Samia Mohamed:

    When we ask the grocer he says there's nothing but sugar. Every day he says, tomorrow, tomorrow, but we are half way through the month now and it's not resolved, prices elsewhere are expensive. We don't know what to do.

  3. Tom Peters:

    Five daily newspapers arrive in my California driveway. The New York times and the Wall Street Journal are supplemented by three local papers. As for magazines, I read, or at least skim, Business Week, Forbes, The Economist, INC; Industry Week, Fortune. Other subscriptions include Sales and Marketing Management, Modern Health Care, Progressive Grocer, High Tech Business, and Slaon Management Review from MIT. I religiously read Business Tokyo, Asia Week, and Far Eastern Economic Review. I glance at Newsweek and Time ... but I devour the New Republic, Policy Review, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Monthly, and Public Interest. How about books? A dozen or more each month.

  4. Alex Hill:

    Locally, we've seen grocer flight, you can find Kroger stores in a ring around the city, but none inside the border of Detroit.

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