From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grocery \Gro"cer*y\, n.; pl. Groceries. [F. grosserie
   wholesale. See Grocer.]
   1. The commodities sold by grocers, as tea, coffee, spices,
      etc.; -- in the United States almost always in the plural
      form, in this sense.
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            A deal box . . . to carry groceries in. --Goldsmith.
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            The shops at which the best families of the
            neighborhood bought grocery and millinery.
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   2. A retail grocer's shop or store. [U. S.]
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