Definition of dairy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdeəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈderi//
    (pl. dairies) On the farm
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  1. 1[countable] a place on a farm where milk is kept and where butter and cheese are made Wordfinderarable, barn, crop, cultivate, dairy, fallow, farm, graze, livestock, tractor See related entries: On the farm
  2. 2[countable] a company that sells milk, eggs, cheese and other milk products
  3. 3[countable] (New Zealand English) a small local shop I went to buy a paper at the corner dairy.
  4. 4[uncountable] milk, eggs, cheese and other milk products The doctor told me to eat less red meat and dairy.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English deierie, from deie ‘dairymaid’ (in Old English dǣge ‘female servant’), of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse deigja, also to dough and to the second element of Old English hlǣfdige (see lady).
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