dairy

\ \ [13] Etymologically, a dairy is a place where a female kneader of bread works. The term for such an operative in Old English was dǣge, which came from the same Indo- European base (*dheigh-) as produced dough and the second syllable of lady. In Middle English this became deie or daye, and gradually progressed in meaning through ‘female servant’ in general to ‘female farm-servant’ and ‘dairymaid’, concerned with the keeping of milk and making it into butter and cheese (the word survived into modern times in Scottish English).
\ \ From it was derived deierie or dayerie, to denote the place where such a woman worked.
\ \ Cf.DOUGH, LADY

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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  • Dairy — Dai ry (d[=a] r[y^]), n.; pl. {Dairies} ( r[i^]z). [OE. deierie, from deie, daie, maid; of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. deigja maid, dairymaid, Sw. deja, orig., a baking maid, fr. Icel. deig. [root]66. See {Dough}.] 1. The place, room, or house where …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dairy — dairy; dairy·ing; dairy·man; dairy·wo·man; non·dairy; …   English syllables

  • dairy — (n.) late 13c., building for making butter and cheese; dairy farm, formed with Anglo Fr. erie affixed to M.E. daie (in daie maid dairymaid ), from O.E. dæge kneader of bread, housekeeper, female servant (see DEY (Cf. dey) (1)). The native word… …   Etymology dictionary

  • dairy — [n] producer of milk products buttery, cow barn, creamery, dairy farm, factory, farm, pasteurizing plant; concepts 449,517 …   New thesaurus

  • dairy — [der′ē] n. pl. dairies [ME daierie < daie, dairymaid < OE dæge, (female) bread maker < dag, DOUGH + erie, ERY] 1. a building or room where milk and cream are kept and butter and cheese are made 2. DAIRY FARM 3 …   English World dictionary

  • dairy — ► NOUN (pl. dairies) ▪ a building for the processing and distribution of milk and milk products. ► ADJECTIVE 1) made from milk. 2) involved in milk production. DERIVATIVES dairying noun. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • Dairy — For other uses, see Dairy (disambiguation). A dairy farm near Oxford, New York in the United States. A dairy is a business enterprise established for the harvesting of animal milk mostly from cows or goats, but also from buffalo, sheep, horses or …   Wikipedia

  • dairy — [[t]de͟əri[/t]] dairies 1) N COUNT A dairy is a shop or company that sells milk and food made from milk, such as butter, cream, and cheese. 2) N COUNT On a farm, the dairy is the building where milk is kept or where cream, butter, and cheese are… …   English dictionary

  • dairy — /ˈdɛəri / (say dairree) noun (plural dairies) 1. a place, as a room or building, where milk and cream are kept and made into butter and cheese. 2. a shed equipped with milking machinery where cows, goats, etc., are milked; bails; milking shed. 3 …   Australian English dictionary

  • dairy — /dair ee/, n., pl. dairies, adj. n. 1. an establishment, as a room, building, or buildings, where milk and cream are kept and butter and cheese are made. 2. a shop or company that sells milk, butter, etc. 3. the business of a dairy farm,… …   Universalium

  • dairy — I UK [ˈdeərɪ] / US [ˈderɪ] noun Word forms dairy : singular dairy plural dairies 1) [countable] a company that sells milk and makes and sells foods that are made from milk, for example butter and cheese 2) [countable] a building on a farm where… …   English dictionary

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