1. The business of a butcher.
2. Murder or manslaughter, especially. When committed with unusual barbarity; great or cruel slaughter. The perpetration of human butchery. (Prescott)
3. A slaughterhouse; the shambles; a place where blood is shed. Like as an ox is hanged in the butchery. (Fabyan)
Synonym: murder, slaughter, carnage. See massacre.
Origin: oe. Bocherie shambles, fr. F. Boucherie. See butcher.