- indicating a place of business or some other activity: bakery, brewery, refinery
- indicating a class or collection of things: cutlery, greenery
- indicating qualities or actions collectively: snobbery, trickery
- indicating a practice or occupation: husbandry
- indicating a state or condition: slavery
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- things in a collection:green + -ery → greenery (= green plants as a group);machine + -ery → machinery (= a group or collection of machines).
- people in a collection:Jew + -ry → Jewry (= Jews as a group);peasant + -ry → peasantry (= peasants as a group).
- an occupation, activity, or condition:dentist + -ry → dentistry (= occupation of a dentist);
rival + -ry → rivalry (= condition of being a rival);
rob + -ery → robbery (= activity of robbing or being robbed).
- Old French -erie, equivalent. to -ier -er2 + -ie -y3
- Middle English