can·​nery ˈka-nə-rē How to pronounce cannery (audio)
plural canneries
: a factory for the canning of foods

Examples of cannery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over 100 Kids Were Illegally Employed in Dangerous Meat-Packing Plant Jobs Efforts to protect child workers started in the early 20th century, with exposés of youngsters laboring in mines, factories, and canneries and performing long hours of field labor. Janet Golden / Made By History, TIME, 23 May 2024 Pembroke was a 19th-century industrial center with shipyards, sawmills, an ironworks, and sardine canneries. Kevin West, Travel + Leisure, 5 May 2024 The first attempt to export lobster beyond local regions as a de facto delicacy came when canneries were established there in 1841. The Editors, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 The valley had large canneries where fruits were processed and canned daily. Tim Bajarin, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 My childhood home was less than a mile from these canneries. Tim Bajarin, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The fish was from Kodiak Island, canned at the same cannery where Josh had grown up commercial fishing with his dad and where his dad had fished with his grandfather. Laurel Braitman, Bon Appétit, 9 Jan. 2024 The canneries have long been replaced with hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. Julie Watson, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 Glass fishing floats and authentic Japanese boxes for packing roe, salvaged from an Alaska cannery, also decorate the rooms. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cannery was in 1864

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“Cannery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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can·​nery ˈkan-(ə-)rē How to pronounce cannery (audio)
plural canneries
: a factory for the canning of food

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