noun (plural butcheries)[mass noun]
1The work of slaughtering animals and preparing them for sale as meat.
- 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.
- 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.
1.2 [count noun] British A butcher’s shop.
- 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.
2The savage killing of large numbers of people: the rebellions ended in butchery and defeat
More example sentences
- I just hope this weekend's display of savage butchery and inter-communal violence wasn't staged for their benefit.
- And still all of you stick to your misconceptions of savage butchery.
- There is no escaping the fact of the Crusader's savage butchery - of Jews at home and of Muslims abroad.
Middle English (denoting a slaughterhouse or meat market): from Old French boucherie, from bouchier 'butcher'.
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