- An example of ery is eatery, which is a place to eat.
- An example of ery is cutlery, which is a cutting device.
- An example of ery is bravery, which means courage.
- a place to: tannery, brewery
- a place for: nunnery, vinery
- the practice, act, or occupation of: robbery, midwifery
- the product or goods of: pottery, millinery
- a collection of: greenery, crockery
- the state or condition of: drudgery, slavery
- the behavior or qualities of: tomfoolery
Origin of -eryMiddle English -erie from Old French -erie from Late Latin -aria, or by addition of -ie (L -ia) to Old French nouns of agency in -ier
- A place for: bakery.
- A collection or class: finery.
- A state or condition: slavery.
- Act; practice: bribery.
- Characteristics or qualities of: snobbery.
Origin of -eryMiddle English -erie from Old French -er agent suff. ( partly from -ier ; see -er 1. ) ( and partly from -ere, -eor ; see -or 1. ) -ie noun suff. ; see -y 2.
From Anglo-Norman and Old French -erie, a suffix forming abstract nouns.
The suffix first occurs in loans from Old French into Middle English, but becomes productive within English by the 16th century, in some instances properly a combination of -er with -y as in bakery, brewery, but also as a single suffix in terms like slavery, machinery.