a suffix of nouns denoting occupation, business, calling, or condition, place or establishment, goods or products, things collectively, qualities, actions, etc., as in archery, bakery, cutlery, fishery, grocery, nunnery, pottery, finery, foolery, prudery, scenery, tracery, trickery, witchery.

{Middle English, from Old French -erie, from -ier -er2 + -ie -y3}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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