Definition of butchery in English:


Line breaks: butch|ery
Pronunciation: /ˈbʊtʃəri

noun (plural butcheries)

[mass noun]
  • 1The work of slaughtering animals and preparing them for sale as meat.
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    • If women were in the encampment they would be segregated and would prepare the meal, although slaughter and butchery were men's work.
    • He learned butchery, hygiene, slaughtering, cutting and boning - in fact everything related to butchering - to become a Master Butcher.
    • The slaughter and butchery of 200 cattle and the consumption of 40,000 kilos of beef, even if spread over a year or two, suggest the participation of many communities, perhaps from a whole clan or tribe.
    meat selling, meat retailing
  • 1.1 [count noun] British A slaughterhouse.
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    • The butcheries were filled with live chickens stuffed into cages and looking out as they waited on their little death row.
    • A salmon butchery goes from bloody routine to living hell
    • In May, the bodies of five women were found in a cold storage room (5 corpses found at butchery) at a Limpopo butchery.
    abattoir, slaughterhouse; British knacker's yard
    archaic shambles, butcher-row
  • 1.2 [count noun] British A butcher’s shop.
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    • Willem is up early six days a week, and buys his meat from wholesalers in Krugersdorp and Amalgam, and is ready to open the butchery at 6.30 am.
    • It sells a range of fresh meat cuts through its award-winning butchery and a wide range of cooked meats, pies and cheeses through its delicatessen.
    • Gilbert Grossett is the third generation of his family to run their butchery business in Dundee.
    butcher's, butcher's shop, meat market, meat counter


Middle English (denoting a slaughterhouse or meat market): from Old French boucherie, from bouchier 'butcher'.

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