Definition of dairy in English:

dairy

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛːri
 
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noun (plural dairies)

1A building or room for the processing, storage, 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 shop 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.
1.2 [mass noun] Milk and milk products collectively: I rely on soya as a substitute for dairy
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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.
2 (also corner dairy) NZ A small grocery shop.
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  • The corner dairy is a delicatessen and I can buy soy-yoghurt, fresh bread and good coffee all as I walk to work.
  • I have actually heard one of the co-leaders of the Greens say that we should not be allowed to drive to the corner dairy - we should be forced to walk.
  • Most of this work is unproblematic - teenagers taking an after-school job in a supermarket, corner dairy, or working in a family business.

adjective

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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 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.

Origin

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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