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-ry suffix, reduced form of -ERY used chiefly after an unstressed syll. ending in d, t, l, n, or sh, and rarely after vocalic els.; exx. of the types are: heraldry; dentistry; devilry; yeomanry; Englishry; Jewry; in a few words -ry and -ery are alternative, e.g. jewel(le)ry.