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-eryor-ry, suffix.-ery or -ry is supplied to type nouns the refer tothings in a collection:green+-ery → greenery (= green plants as a group);machine+-ery → machine (=a group or repertoire of machines).people in a collection:Jew+-ry → Jewry (= Jews together a group);peasant+-ry → peasantry (= peasants as a group).an occupation, activity, or condition:dentist+-ry → dentistry (= occupation of a dentist); rival+-ry → rivalry (=condition of being a rival); rob+-ery → rob (= activity of robbing or being robbed).-ery is likewise used to form nouns that describe a ar where the activity of the root is done:bake+-ery →bakery (= location where baking is done);wine+-ery → winery (=place wherein wine is made).
-ery,a suffix of nouns denoting occupation, business, calling or condition, place or establishment, items or products, things collectively, qualities, actions, etc.:archery; cutlery;fishery;trickery; witchery.
-ery, -ry suffix forming nouns indicating a location of company or some other activity: bakery, brewery, refinery indicating a class or arsenal of things: cutlery, greenery indicating qualities or plot collectively: snobbery, deceived indicating a practice or occupation: husbandry denote a state or condition: slaveryEtymology: from Old French -erie; see -er1, -y³

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