Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A building for storing threshed grain.
  • n. A region yielding much grain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A storage facility for grain or sometimes animal feed.
  • n. A fertile, grain-growing region.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A storehouse or repository for grain, esp. after it is thrashed or husked; a cornhouse.
  • n. A region fertile in grain; in this sense, equivalent to breadbasket, used figuratively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A storehouse or repository for grain after it is threshed, or for maize in the ear; a corn-house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed

Etymologies

Latin grānārium, from grānum, grain; see gr̥ə-no- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From grain +‎ -ary or from Latin grānārium. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • Canada, long known as the granary, is also the "woodyard" of the Empire, and had a wonderful display of pulp and paper covering a thousand square feet.

    The British Empire Exhibition, A Study in Geography, Resources, and Citizenship of the British Empire

  • For example, Anacharsis Cloots, who is a member of the Committee of Public Instruction, and who one should, of course, expect not to be more ignorant than his colleagues, has lately advised them to distress the enemy by invading Scotland, which he calls the granary of England.

    A Residence in France During the Years 1792 1793 1794 and 1795

  • When you harvest your crop, you store it in a fat dried mud and stick granary, which is taller than you can reach.

    The Valley Of The Caves

  • This place was called the granary, and was used for a drying ground.

    La Vend�e

  • Egypt was known as the granary of the ancient world.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • In the granary, which is usually a low back room, the ears of corn are often sorted by color and laid up in neat piles, red, yellow, white, blue, black, and mottled, a Hopi study in corn color.

    The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi

  • The granary was a large building of grey stone lighted only by two mullioned windows high up in the walls.

    A Book of Quaker Saints

  • The vast plain of Poland, although in many places boggy and sandy, is on the whole fertile, especially in the flat river valleys, and in the east at the sources of the Dnieper; indeed, it is so much so that it has been called the granary of Europe.

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • Under the granary, which is built on stone staddles, to exclude the mice, some turkeys are huddled together calling occasionally for a "halter," and beyond them the green, glossy neck of a drake glistens in the sunshine.

    Nature Near London

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  • Ditto, Keats at his winnowing best.

    October 26, 2007

  • Sionnach! One of my all-time favorite poems! :-D

    October 26, 2007

  • Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
    Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
    Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
    Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
    Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
    Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
    Spares the next swath and all its twinèd flowers:
    And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
    Steady thy laden head across a brook; 20
    Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
    Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

    Keats : "Ode to Autumn"

    October 26, 2007