-ery

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English -erie, 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.

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-ery

  1. Art, craft or practice
    midwifery; cookery; ironmongery
  2. Place of art, craft or practice
    bakery; distillery; joinery
  3. Organisation or movement
    Freemasonry, Rodnovery
  4. Class or group, collection of
    hosiery; shrubbery
  5. Characteristic of
    snobbery; tomfoolery

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