Meaning of “dairy” in the English Dictionary

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"dairy" in British English

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dairyadjective

uk /ˈdeə.ri/ us /ˈder.i/

B2 used to refer to cows that are used for producing milk, rather than meat, or to foods that are made from milk, such as cream, butter, and cheese:

dairy cattle
dairy farmers
dairy products

More examples

  • I'm trying to cut down on dairy products, which is difficult because I adore cheese.
  • You'll find all the yogurts in the dairy section, madam. Shall I show you?
  • I hope you've checked the ingredients, as Amy's allergic to anything dairy.
  • The shop doesn't stock much dairy produce - only fresh milk, actually.
  • My uncle recently sold his dairy herd and is now concentrating on arable farming.

dairynoun

uk /ˈdeə.ri/ us /ˈder.i/

[ C ] a place on a farm where milk and cream are kept and cheese and butter are made, or a company that supplies milk and products made from milk

[ U ] foods that are made from milk, such as cream, butter, and cheese:

a dairy-free diet
I was advised not to eat too much dairy.

More examples

  • We get our milk and cheese from the local dairy.
  • One of regions biggest dairies has won a contract to supply milk to a major supermarket chain.
  • This dairy is famous for its delicious ice-cream.
  • There used to be a dairy on the farm until they decided to only raise cattle for meat.
  • The cheese is still made in village dairies in Switzerland by local cheese-makers.

(Definition of “dairy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dairy" in American English

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dairynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈdeər·i/

a place on a farm where milk and cream are kept and cheese and butter are made, a company that supplies milk and products made from milk, or milk and products made from milk:

[ U ] She eats no meat and very little dairy.
[ U ] I’ll only buy nonfat dairy products.

(Definition of “dairy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)