General English


  • noun a building used for cooling milk at the farm, before it is taken to a commercial factory
  • noun a company which receives milk from farms and bottles it and distributes it to the consumer
  • noun a company which produces cream, butter, cheese and other milk products


  • The buildings in which milk is removed from the animals and further processed into cream, butter, cheese and other milk products. Nowadays removal and processing are usually carried out at different locations.


  • adjective relating to or containing milk or milk products
  • adjective relating to those foods, including milk products, eggs, fish and vegetables, that Jewish dietary law allows on occasions when milk is consumed
  • noun a room or building where butter and cheese are made

Origin & History of “dairy”

Etymologically, a dairy is a place where a female kneader of bread works. The term for such an operative in Old English was dǣge, which came from the same Indo-European base (*dheigh-) as produced dough and the second syllable of lady. In middle English this became deie or daye, and gradually progressed in meaning through ‘female servant’ in general to ‘female farm-servant’ and ‘dairy-maid’, concerned with the keeping of milk and making it into butter and cheese (the word survived into modern times in Scottish English). From it was derived deierie or dayerie, to denote the place where such a woman worked.