Meaning of -ERY in English


-ery / ə ri/ BrE AmE ( also -ry ) suffix (in nouns)

[ Language: Old French ; Origin: -ier '-er' + ie '-y' ]

1 . a quality or condition:

bravery (=the quality of being brave)

slavery (=the condition of being a slave)

2 . things of a particular kind:

machinery (=different types of machines)

all her finery (=beautiful clothes)

3 . a place where a particular activity happens:

a bakery (=where bread is baked)

an oil refinery

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.