Meaning of “supermarket” in the English Dictionary

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"supermarket" in British English

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supermarketnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsuː.pəˌmɑː.kɪt/ us /ˈsuː.pɚˌmɑːr.kɪt/

A1 a large shopwhich sells most types of food and other goods needed in the home

Examples

  • She works on the checkout at the local supermarket.
  • Despite local opposition, the plans for the new supermarket have been cleared by the council.
  • The new supermarket is really going to clobber the small local shops.
  • The supermarket chain announced that it was cutting the cost of all its fresh and frozen meat.
  • A number of houses were demolished so that the supermarket could be built.

Examples from literature

  • Big British supermarkets asked for his new jam. 
  • Most milk in the supermarket comes from cows on farms. 
  • They can buy it at supermarkets, on street corners, in local stores, from vending machines, and even online. 
  • They don’t buy their fruit and vegetables in supermarkets; they grow them on land near their homes. 
  • Two French researchers asked a person to walk around a supermarket. 
  • You can find it in every supermarket. 

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

"supermarket" in American English

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supermarketnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsu·pərˌmɑr·kɪt/

a large store where many different foods and other goods used in the home are sold:

I have to stop at the supermarket on the way home.

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

"supermarket" in Business English

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supermarketnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsuːpəˌmɑːkɪt/ us COMMERCE

a large store that sells food and other goods for the home:

Booksellers are facing increasing competition from online retailers and supermarkets, which charge less for bestsellers.
at/from a supermarket Cod from the supermarket costs about $1 per pound more than at a fish market.
a supermarket price war
a big/large/major supermarket
a supermarket chain/group/giant
supermarket shelves/checkouts/trolleys

(Definition of “supermarket” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)