1. A suffix used to form (also -ry ) forming nouns denoting a class or kind (greenery; machinery; citizenry).

2. An occupation or employment; a state, condition, or behaviour (archery; slavery; bravery).

3. A place set aside for an activity or characterized by a gathering together of things, animals, etc. (brewery; orangery).

4. Often derogatory all that has to do with (knavery; popery; tomfoolery).

Compare: -ry.

Origin: Middle English, from or suggested by French -erie, -ere, ultimately from Latin -ario-, -ator

(06 Feb 2009)

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