Definition of granary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡran(ə)ri/

noun (plural granaries)

1A storehouse for threshed grain.
Example sentences
  • However, they should consider sprinkling the powder inside the granaries before the grain has been stored.
  • A host of additional outbuildings were discovered as well, including two dairies, a smokehouse, a granary, and two storehouses, all adjacent to the house.
  • They have prevented the government building granaries and food depots that could store grain from one year to the next.
1.1A region producing large quantities of corn.
Example sentences
  • Sugar cane is also grown there and the whole region is known as ‘the granary of the sub continent’.
  • But having trashed the place, the Romans eventually fancied it for themselves; a new city was built over the ruins of Carthage, and Tunisia became the granary of the Roman Empire.
  • It was also the site of critical imperial rice granaries that supplied the capital.
2British trademark short for granary bread.
Example sentences
  • All the bread (white, granary, warm soda, or toasted apricot & walnut), marmelades and jams are home-made too.
  • Place a slice of lightly buttered granary toast on each plate and spoon the scrambled egg on top.


Late 16th century: from Latin granarium, from granum 'grain'.

  • grain from Middle English:

    The first meaning of grain, which is from Latin granum ‘seed’, also found in granary (late 16th century), granule (mid 17th century), and granite (mid 17th century) with its grain-like markings was, a single seed of a plant. From this developed the idea not only of a seed-like particle such as a grain of sand, salt, or gold but also of an arrangement of fibres that resembles small seeds or grains side by side, such as the ‘grain’ of a piece of wood. If something goes against the grain it is contrary to your natural inclination. This, dating from the mid 17th century, comes from carpentry. While grange is used today for a country house it was originally a barn for grain and comes from medieval Latin granica (villa) ‘grain house’, based on granum. Garner (Middle English) was originally also a word for a granary, and comes via French from the same source.

Words that rhyme with granary

cannery, tannery

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