Foodstuffs vs Grocery - What's the difference?

foodstuffs | grocery |

As nouns the difference between foodstuffs and grocery

is that foodstuffs is while grocery is (usually groceries) retail foodstuffs and other household supplies.




  • grocery


  • (usually groceries) retail foodstuffs and other household supplies.
  • * 1776:
  • Where ten thousand pounds can be employed in the grocery trade, the wages of the grocer's labour make but a very trifling addition...
  • * 1850 , '', ''The present time
  • Did not cotton spin itself, beef grow, and groceries and spiceries come in from the East and the West, quite comfortably by the side of shams?
  • A shop or store that sells groceries; a grocery store.
  • * 1854:
  • I observed that the vitals of the village were the grocery , the bar-room, the post-office, and the bank...

    Usage notes

    When referring to goods, the singular form is primarily used attributively, as in a grocery bill, a grocery list, etc. The plural form, groceries, is much more frequently used to refer to actual goods, especially in the US.


    * (retail foodstuffs and household supplies) commodities, general goods, groceries, packaged goods * (store that sells groceries) general store, grocery store, market, supermarket