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What is the ori­gin of the word “gro­cer”?

The word “gro­cer” orig­i­nally meant a “whole­saler.” The English mer­chant who dealt in spices, dried fruits, tea, cof­fee, and such food­stuffs in re­tail amounts was called a “spicer.” A whole­sale dealer in these ar­ti­cles was called a “spicer en gross” – or a “grosser” – since he sold goods in bulk and by the gross. The word “gross” is from the French gros mean­ing “great” or “large.”

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