company town


: a community that is dependent on one firm for all or most of the necessary services or functions of town life (such as employment, housing, and stores)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Don't Worry Darling stars Harry Styles and Florence Pugh as Jack and Alice, a young couple living in the seemingly perfect company town of Victory, Calif., in the 1950s. Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 1 Oct. 2022 The company town of Hershey, Penn., was established in 1903. Fox News, 13 Sep. 2022 Living in the company town, Young Herbert saw clashes between management and labor, including a long strike in the 1950s. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 Langford, who was Weed’s first Black schoolteacher, said in an interview that Long Bell ran Weed as a company town. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 3 Sep. 2022 Bay View was incorporated in 1879 as a company town built around an iron mill, according to Gurda. Bob Dohr, Journal Sentinel, 29 Aug. 2022 Styles and Florence Pugh star in Don't Worry Darling as Jack and Alice, a young couple living in the seemingly perfect company town of Victory, California in the 1950s. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2022 Don’t Worry Darling follows Alice (Pugh) and Jack Chambers (Styles), a young, happy couple in the 1950s, living in the seemingly perfect company town of Victory, California, which has been created and paid for by Jack’s mysterious employer. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Sep. 2022 That includes coffee shop employees as well as staff for the foundation and its house tour project, which will allow visitors to tour the real homes of Pullman families from the company town period. Talia Soglin, Chicago Tribune, 2 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of company town was in 1927

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Cite this Entry

“Company town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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