Definition of granary in US English:



  • 1A storehouse for threshed grain.

    • ‘He says the government is trying to secure loans to build granaries and depots to store food to help the people through difficult times.’
    • ‘Over the centuries new aqueducts and cisterns were built to ensure an ample water supply, and the imperial granaries stored plentiful amounts of grain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, they should consider sprinkling the powder inside the granaries before the grain has been stored.’
    • ‘These ancient granaries were built by Berber villagers to store their grain, oil and even valuables.’
    • ‘All the livestock quarters and the granaries in the village were empty.’
    • ‘The dry corn was stored in the granary by late November.’
    • ‘Physical inspection of household granaries however revealed that they had a very good harvest in most cases.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have prevented the government building granaries and food depots that could store grain from one year to the next.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Constitutionally the election does not need to be held before June, when, if the harvest has been good, granaries will be full.’
    • ‘A host of additional outbuildings were discovered as well, including two dairies, a smokehouse, a granary, and two storehouses, all adjacent to the house.’
    • ‘Each group's harvest was stored in its own granary for use throughout the year.’
    • ‘For example, in the case of grain the crop was transported from the threshing floor to the granaries by boat.’
    • ‘He ordered the establishment of an emergency granary to store a tenth of the harvest each season to be used in times of emergency.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A region producing large quantities of corn.
      • ‘North Africa had long been the granary of Italy, and it continued in this role until the Vandals swept through in the 5th century.’
      • ‘Wetlands are also the granaries of our State, as rice is the major crop cultivated here.’
      • ‘It was also the site of critical imperial rice granaries that supplied the capital.’
      • ‘Below lie suburban sprawl, motorways, and the remaining wheat fields of the Ile de France, the golden granary of Paris.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sugar cane is also grown there and the whole region is known as ‘the granary of the sub continent’.’
      • ‘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.’


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