Definition of dairy in English:



  • 1A building, room, or establishment for the storage, processing, and distribution of milk and milk products.

    • ‘The facility had to be large enough to accommodate a tractor-trailer tank truck of the type used to haul milk to commercial dairies processing 10-million gallons a day.’
    • ‘Woodson mentions that many dairies have consolidated their warehouses, creating the need for larger distribution facilities.’
    • ‘Indeed, the need for cost-effective solutions and consumer-friendly features continues to impact the decisionmaking process among dairies.’
    • ‘Currently fewer than a quarter of large hog operations and large dairies are spreading their manure on adequate crop land acreages to meet the new EPA guidelines.’
    • ‘Since then, the company has gone on a massive shopping spree, acquiring and building some 14 different packaging and processing plants and dairies.’
    • ‘This is the story of two very different goat dairies who found direct-marketing success with meticulous management and distinctive products.’
    • ‘Another innovative way Midwest is providing service to members with dairies is through a heifer-replacement program.’
    • ‘Free manure from an out-of-business dairy helped move things along.’
    • ‘Instead of selling fluid milk to agribusiness dairies, these farmers develop a market niche for their products by adding value to the milk.’
    • ‘Other dairies believe 3.25% or high-fat milk is what consumers want.’
    • ‘The DBIC provides a full array of technical assistance to new and emerging dairy businesses including farmstead and artisan dairies as well as small, medium and large dairy processors.’
    • ‘While many dairy processors use contract carriers to deliver their products, several dairies maintain their own fleet.’
    • ‘Treatments were blended into a supplement at a commercial feed mill and delivered to the dairy.’
    • ‘We have regional superdairies, regional dairies and small regional dairies that we work with closely.’
    • ‘Such large dairies face higher costs, including those associated with manure storage.’
    • ‘Twenty-three hundred Holstein cattle were maintained at the dairy with 1300 cows milked three times daily.’
    • ‘Since Maine's three major dairies require farmers to pledge not to use hormones, farmers who do use them have to ship their milk to out-of-state dairies.’
    • ‘With the consolidation of dairies and building of more megaplants, the pressure is on to reduce costs.’
    • ‘By 2020, those dairies will be replaced with 100 feed-lot dairies averaging 1,400 cows.’
    • ‘Milk bottles would transport milk from the dairy to your door and you would recycle that bottle each day by giving it back to your milkman.’
    1. 1.1A store where milk and milk products are sold.
      • ‘The shop was a dairy that supplied milk to the boats in the harbour and involved long hours.’
      • ‘Several Amish cooperatives and family run dairies have developed a loyal relationship with the restaurant, selling only to Pouillon.’
      • ‘When you support local dairies, bakeries, clothes shops, restaurants, butchers and local businesses and retailers in general, you are supporting local jobs and a vibrant local economy.’
      • ‘Over time, the hotel was expanded and a dairy, bakery and stables were added.’
      • ‘Because so many farms have diversified in recent years there are often jobs for partners in bakeries, dairies and farm shops.’
      • ‘Licenses for all kinds of businesses, from dairies to pet food stores to horseback riding schools, now cost more money.’
      • ‘A dairy in the north of England has begun selling Newcastle Brown Ale flavoured ice cream.’
    2. 1.2Food made from or containing milk.
      • ‘According to Chef Sumara Malingalis, raw food with no meat, no dairy, and no cooking is all the rage in Hollywood.’
      • ‘Saturated fats have been shown to have health repercussions, too, but are naturally occurring in such foods as meat, eggs and dairy.’
      • ‘The most common food intolerances are wheat or gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs and peanuts.’
      • ‘Greens and other plant foods easily hold their own against dairy in terms of calcium content.’
      • ‘I've followed a healthy macrobiotic diet for 10 years now, which means that I try to stick to fresh organic food and avoid dairy and meat.’
      • ‘Formerly 75% of our revenue was derived from dairy, largely milk and ice cream.’
      • ‘They say primary school meals should provide at least one portion from the following groups: fruit and vegetables, milk or dairy, meat or fish, and a starchy food such as bread or pasta.’
      • ‘This will rot cooked food, oils, dairy, meat, rubber, cardboard and newspaper.’
      • ‘I not only have gluten sensitivity but wheat, dairy and various other food sensitivities.’
      • ‘Willett, however, considers dairy that's been skimmed of saturated fat an optional food.’
      • ‘In these cases Dampness-engendering foods like dairy, citrus, and perhaps wheat may need to be eliminated from the diet.’
      • ‘While it's true that there are a variety of other foods that are rich in calcium, dairy is still the best bet.’
      • ‘When over the acute stage, avoid: alcohol, red meat, tobacco, spicy, greasy and fried foods and dairy.’
      • ‘Diet often plays a role, with wheat and dairy being the most common food offenders.’
      • ‘Most importantly we'd recommend consulting a medical practitioner or dietitian before excluding any major food group like dairy from the diet.’
      • ‘The Government says it is responding to concern about the power of the supermarket chains, not just in dairy but for other foods such as fruit and vegies as well.’
      • ‘You will need to read all food labels as dairy turns up in many disguises, eg, whey, lactose, skimmed milk powder, casein, milk protein.’
      • ‘Allergy sufferers also find relief by avoiding dairy, meat and/or wheat-based foods when symptoms are at their worst.’
      • ‘It's widely available in animal foods including dairy, eggs, fish, and poultry.’
      • ‘Chief among allergic foods are dairy and wheat.’


  • 1[attributive] Containing or made from milk.

    ‘local dairy foods’
    • ‘Whether it's natural talent, culinary training, or the fact that he cooks with minimal oil and only occasionally uses dairy cream, the spices in his cuisine emerge with remarkable clarity.’
    • ‘But so far, studies haven't been able to tease out what it is in meats or dairy foods that may cause prostate cells to go haywire.’
    • ‘As an ingredient, chocolate adds decadence to our dairy desserts.’
    • ‘In dairy desserts such as mousses, the desired texture and air content determine the type and amount of cocoa powder to be used.’
    • ‘Choose lean meats, poultry without skin, liquid plant oils instead of hydrogenated oils or butter, and skim-milk dairy foods.’
    • ‘Soy cheese comes in a range of flavors and can be substituted for dairy cheese in most recipes.’
    • ‘Their businesses range from condensed dairy milk to trade in chemical products.’
    • ‘These national chains typically carry popular dairy basics like milk, cheese, sour cream, ice cream, and butter for consumers running errands or between supermarket trips.’
    • ‘Exclude dairy foods - milk and cheese are possible irritants to the lungs as they produce large amounts of mucus.’
    • ‘We defined high fat dairy food as whole milk, ice cream, hard cheese, butter, and sour cream.’
    • ‘Experiment to determine your tolerance for dairy foods.’
    • ‘The yogurt and flavored dairy beverage categories also have seen their share of low-carb and no-sugar-added product introductions.’
    • ‘Fruit-and-chocolate blends also are trendy, but not all fruits are created equal when it comes to chocolate dairy blends.’
    • ‘The Philadelphia market has which long enjoyed a high reputation for fine dairy butter.’
    • ‘It emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy foods, and includes whole grains, poultry, fish, and nuts.’
    • ‘Flavors that are decadent and dessert-like continue to be popular across the board when it comes to milk and dairy beverages, yogurt products, ice cream, and frozen novelties.’
    • ‘Over the past year, the company introduced a refrigerated coffee and dairy beverage in flavors such as French Roast, Mocha, and Vanilla.’
    • ‘A farm shop selling local produce will be allowed to extend its premises to sell meat and dairy goods despite a request by planning officers for the scheme to be thrown out.’
    • ‘There will also be small volume niche market opportunities for functional foods, organic milk products and dairy ingredients, according to the report.’
    • ‘The DASH diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy foods and reduced in total and saturated fat.’
    1. 1.1Concerned with or involved in the production of milk.
      ‘a dairy farmer’
      • ‘This genetically modified hormone was designed to increase milk production in dairy cows.’
      • ‘When it comes to milk, dairy farmers receive only a quarter of the average 36p which you will pay in the shops or on the doorstep for a pint.’
      • ‘Around 15% of dairy farmers said they would exit milk production over the next two years.’
      • ‘If the milk suppliers are really serious, what they should be trying to attempt is the acquisition of the dairy processing end of the business.’
      • ‘Carr's has three mills manufacturing 300,000 tonnes of food each year for dairy and beef cattle, and sheep.’
      • ‘The consequences of uncovering a large scale problem may be difficult to deal with, having major implications for the food, dairy, and pharmaceutical industries.’
      • ‘They also plan to import over a 1,000 dairy cattle to provide milk products in a country that imports just about everything, from milk powder to meat.’
      • ‘For those who do not know, supply management involves the dairy and poultry industries, the latter including chicken, turkey and egg production.’
      • ‘The Government has accepted the need for rationalisation of the dairy processing sector, Agriculture and Food Minister Joe Walsh has said.’
      • ‘Death is not usual but animals cease gaining weight and milk production in dairy cattle falls.’
      • ‘Factory farms feed dairy and beef cattle on grain, not their natural diet of grass.’
      • ‘The competition rewards the country's top dairy farmers who produce milk with the highest protein content and with a firm eye to cost efficiency.’
      • ‘However, an organic dairy farmer who rents land from us has diversified by selling vegetables at farmers' markets.’
      • ‘The challenges facing the dairy processing sector, as identified by the Prospectus report, were also considered by the forum.’
      • ‘This limitation reduces wool growth on sheep, milk production by dairy animals, and meat quality.’
      • ‘The family have had to sell their dairy herd after the tanker firm that collected their milk had its vehicles attacked.’
      • ‘The meat, egg, dairy, fast food, and soft drink industries have abandoned a head-on assault on the science.’
      • ‘The funds raised will be used for expanding liquid milk, ice cream and other dairy production facilities.’
      • ‘In fact, some of these dairy cooperatives market products made from member milk directly to consumers.’
      • ‘The state, bordering the Rocky Mountains, says it needs an additional 65,000 cows to meet the milk demands of its expanding dairy processing industry.’


Middle English deierie, from deie dairymaid (in Old English dǣge female servant), of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse deigja, also to dough and to the second element of Old English hlǣfdige (see lady).