Definition of -ery in English:

-ery

(also -ry)

suffix

  • 1Forming nouns denoting a class or kind.

    ‘confectionery’
    ‘greenery’
  • 2Forming nouns denoting an occupation, a state, a condition, or behavior.

    ‘archery’
    ‘bravery’
    ‘slavery’
    1. 2.1 Forming nouns with depreciatory reference.
      ‘knavery’
      ‘tomfoolery’
  • 3Forming nouns denoting a place set aside for an activity or a grouping of things, animals, etc.

    ‘orangery’
    ‘rookery’

Origin

From French -erie, based on Latin -arius and -ator.

Pronunciation

-ery

/əri/