Definition of dairy in English:


Syllabification: dair·y
Pronunciation: /ˈde(ə)rē

noun (plural dairies)

  • 1A building, room, or establishment for the storage, processing, and distribution of milk and milk products.
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    • Indeed, the need for cost-effective solutions and consumer-friendly features continues to impact the decisionmaking process among dairies.
    • With the consolidation of dairies and building of more megaplants, the pressure is on to reduce costs.
    • Currently fewer than a quarter of large hog operations and large dairies are spreading their manure on adequate crop land acreages to meet the new EPA guidelines.
  • 1.1A store where milk and milk products are sold.
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    • The shop was a dairy that supplied milk to the boats in the harbour and involved long hours.
    • Because so many farms have diversified in recent years there are often jobs for partners in bakeries, dairies and farm shops.
    • When you support local dairies, bakeries, clothes shops, restaurants, butchers and local businesses and retailers in general, you are supporting local jobs and a vibrant local economy.
  • 1.2Food made from or containing milk.
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    • When over the acute stage, avoid: alcohol, red meat, tobacco, spicy, greasy and fried foods and dairy.
    • In these cases Dampness-engendering foods like dairy, citrus, and perhaps wheat may need to be eliminated from the diet.
    • Most importantly we'd recommend consulting a medical practitioner or dietitian before excluding any major food group like dairy from the diet.


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  • 1Containing or made from milk: dairy products
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    • Eat lean meat, roast or broil foods rather than fry them and replace high-fat dairy products with skim milk and low-fat yogurt and cheeses.
    • Experiment to determine your tolerance for dairy foods.
    • Choose lean meats, poultry without skin, liquid plant oils instead of hydrogenated oils or butter, and skim-milk dairy foods.
  • 1.1Concerned with or involved in the production of milk: a dairy farmer
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    • This genetically modified hormone was designed to increase milk production in dairy cows.
    • Death is not usual but animals cease gaining weight and milk production in dairy cattle falls.
    • The competition rewards the country's top dairy farmers who produce milk with the highest protein content and with a firm eye to cost efficiency.


Middle 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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