1. A place for: bakery.
2. A collection or class: finery.
3. A state or condition: slavery.
4. Act; practice: bribery.
5. Characteristics or qualities of: snobbery.
[Middle English -erie, from Old French : -er, agent suff. (partly from -ier; see -er1, and partly from -ere, -eor; see -or1) + -ie, noun suff.; see -y2.]
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suffix forming nouns
1. indicating a place of business or some other activity: bakery; brewery; refinery.
2. indicating a class or collection of things: cutlery; greenery.
3. indicating qualities or actions collectively: snobbery; trickery.
4. indicating a practice or occupation: husbandry.
5. indicating a state or condition: slavery.
[from Old French -erie; see -er1, -y3]
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a suffix forming nouns that denote things collectively ( greenery; machinery); people collectively ( Jewry; peasantry); occupation, activity, or condition ( dentistry; archery; rivalry), or an instance or result of an activity ( robbery); an associated place, often corresponding to nouns with the suffixes -er1 or -er2 ( bakery; winery); characteristic conduct ( prudery; trickery).
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