July 24, 2016
- dairy (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : a place where milk is kept and butter or cheese is made2 : a farm devoted to the production of milk3 : an establishment for the sale or distribution of milk and milk products
- How do you use it?
- It was a very hot day when Macey and her family visited a local dairy, which made the fresh ice cream they had there taste all the better.
- Are you a word wiz?
"Dairy" comes from "daege," the Old English word for a person who completed one of the daily chores of medieval life. The word "daege" doesn't have anything to do with milk, however. What do you think "daege" meant?"Daege," the Old English ancestor of "dairy," meant "kneader of bread." Bread was usually made by women. It was also a maid's task to help in the production of milk and its by-products, such as butter and cheese, and in Middle English "daege" became "deye," meaning "dairymaid." Later on, the word "deyerie" was formed by adding "deye" to the ending "-erie," meaning "place of doing something" (equivalent to our modern ending "-ery" as in "bakery"). A "deyerie" was the place where the "deye," or dairymaid, worked. The modern English word "dairy" came from this earlier English word.