Definitions

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  • adj. Not of or pertaining to a chain (in various senses).
  • n. A retail outlet that is not a chain.

Etymologies

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non- +‎ chain

Examples

  • Owners of small, nonchain bookstores are not immune to hype from the big New York publishers, but when it comes to matters of taste, nothing pleases them more than being able to create a hit with no help from Manhattan.

    The Booksellers' Art Of Persuasion

  • Is their food any more fattening or mystifying than the food served in nonchain restaurants?

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • What is a nonchain but a local restaurant that hasn't branched out yet?

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • It's been a long time since a big-deal nonchain restaurant was carved from scratch downtown.

    The Seattle Times

  • Amenities in hotels are for if you're stuck there, but it's an added bonus if you can get a nonchain hotel that has been around forever; one that has taken on the feel of the area's finest personality.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • I have visited the nonchain Mexican restaurants in the area.

    seMissourian.com Headlines

  • He uses it mainly for tables of two or four at mid-to-upper-level, nonchain restaurants.

    Omaha World-Herald > Frontpage

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