One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Forming nouns denoting a class or kind.‘confectionery’‘greenery’
2Forming nouns denoting an occupation, a state, a condition, or behavior.‘archery’‘bravery’‘slavery’
- 2.1 Forming nouns with depreciatory reference.‘knavery’‘tomfoolery’
- 2.1 Forming nouns with depreciatory reference.
3Forming nouns denoting a place set aside for an activity or a grouping of things, animals, etc.‘orangery’‘rookery’
From French -erie, based on Latin -arius and -ator.
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