Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed

Etymologies

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

[Latin grānārium, from grānum, grain; see gr̥ə-no- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From grain +‎ -ary or from Latin grānārium.

Examples

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  • 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

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

    October 26, 2007

  • Ditto, Keats at his winnowing best.

    October 26, 2007