Definition of granary in English:



  • 1A storehouse for threshed grain.

    • ‘She arranged for a sizeable loan from the temple based on her deposits there and then purchased a great store of corn from the temple granaries.’
    • ‘These ancient granaries were built by Berber villagers to store their grain, oil and even valuables.’
    • ‘He ordered the establishment of an emergency granary to store a tenth of the harvest each season to be used in times of emergency.’
    • ‘All the livestock quarters and the granaries in the village were empty.’
    • ‘A host of additional outbuildings were discovered as well, including two dairies, a smokehouse, a granary, and two storehouses, all adjacent to the house.’
    • ‘Historical local landmark buildings, including a late 19th century lime kiln and a granary, have been thoughtfully restored and integrate well within the layout of the farmstead.’
    • ‘The dry corn was stored in the granary by late November.’
    • ‘Constitutionally the election does not need to be held before June, when, if the harvest has been good, granaries will be full.’
    • ‘Physical inspection of household granaries however revealed that they had a very good harvest in most cases.’
    • ‘He says the government is trying to secure loans to build granaries and depots to store food to help the people through difficult times.’
    • ‘However, they should consider sprinkling the powder inside the granaries before the grain has been stored.’
    • ‘Over the centuries new aqueducts and cisterns were built to ensure an ample water supply, and the imperial granaries stored plentiful amounts of grain.’
    • ‘They have prevented the government building granaries and food depots that could store grain from one year to the next.’
    • ‘For example, in the case of grain the crop was transported from the threshing floor to the granaries by boat.’
    • ‘Successful storage of this precious annual harvest was threatened by the large populations of rats and mice, which fed voraciously in the rural estate granaries and the towns' communal silos.’
    • ‘Each group's harvest was stored in its own granary for use throughout the year.’
    • ‘This tiny insect causes major problems in granaries worldwide, reducing the grain's nutritional value and ability to germinate and exposing it to odor, mold, and heat damage.’
    1. 1.1A region producing large quantities of corn.
      • ‘It was a granary for Rome, and its capital, Alexandria, became the world's chief commercial centre, when the sea route to India was opened in about 106 AD.’
      • ‘But having trashed the place, the Romans eventually fancied it for themselves; a new city was built over the ruins of Carthage, and Tunisia became the granary of the Roman Empire.’
      • ‘Wetlands are also the granaries of our State, as rice is the major crop cultivated here.’
      • ‘For the first time in decades, wheat yields in the granary of Bulgaria were smaller than those harvested in the western parts of the country.’
      • ‘It was also the site of critical imperial rice granaries that supplied the capital.’
      • ‘North Africa had long been the granary of Italy, and it continued in this role until the Vandals swept through in the 5th century.’
      • ‘Sugar cane is also grown there and the whole region is known as ‘the granary of the sub continent’.’
      • ‘Below lie suburban sprawl, motorways, and the remaining wheat fields of the Ile de France, the golden granary of Paris.’
  • 2British trademark

    short for granary bread
    • ‘Place a slice of lightly buttered granary toast on each plate and spoon the scrambled egg on top.’
    • ‘All the bread (white, granary, warm soda, or toasted apricot & walnut), marmelades and jams are home-made too.’


Late 16th century: from Latin granarium, from granum grain.