Definition: Dairy

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Origin 1250–1300 (Middle English daierie and other forms), from dey (dairymaid) + -ery.


dairy (countable and uncountable, plural dairies)

  1. A place, often on a farm, where milk is processed and turned into products such as butter and cheese.
    Go and fetch the butter from the dairy.
  2. A dairy farm; a farm that specializes in producing milk to be used in products.
  3. A shop selling dairy products.
    Can you go and buy some yogurt and blue cheese from the dairy?
  4. Products produced from milk.

Derived terms

  • dairy bar
  • dairy cattle
  • dairy cow
  • dairy farmer
  • dairy farming
  • dairy-free
  • dairymaid
  • dairy product


dairy (not comparable)

  1. Referring to products produced from milk.
    1. Referring to products produced from animal milk as opposed to non-milk substitutes.
    Is this milk dairy or soy?
  2. Referring to the milk production and processing industries.

Derived terms

  • dairy cake
  • nondairy


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