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From Anglo-Norman and Old French -erie, a suffix forming abstract nouns.

The suffix first occurs in loans from Old French into Middle English, but becomes productive within English by the 16th century, in some instances properly a combination of -er with -y as in bakery, brewery, but also as a single suffix in terms like slavery, machinery.



  1. Trade or craft of
    joinery; cookery
  2. Place of
    bakery; distillery
  3. Class or group, collection of
    hosiery; shrubbery
  4. Characteristic of
    snobbery; tomfoolery


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