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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. [1913 Webster] A deal box . . . to carry groceries in. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] The shops at which the best families of the neighborhood bought grocery and millinery. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. A retail grocer's shop or store. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]