company town

noun

Definition of 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)

Examples of company town in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, eighty years later, the mill and the company town have been wiped almost entirely off of Sparrows Point. Alec Macgillis, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2021 Today, 80 years later, the mill and the company town have been wiped almost entirely off of Sparrows Point. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 13 Apr. 2021 For 50 years, Rockdale, with a population of about 5,600, was a company town, with hundreds of jobs at Alcoa’s nearby coal mine and aluminum smelter. Washington Post, 8 July 2021 There are many versions of the company town in our life right now, and most of them are considered highly desirable addresses: Google, college campuses, employers that offer spa treatments and on-site dentistry, etc. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 13 May 2021 Some companies are holding special events, such as all-company town-halls timed to the holiday. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, 16 June 2021 And, for many people, that life is lived in fear — of expulsion from the company town. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 13 May 2021 The company town as such is mostly a thing of the past. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 13 May 2021 Berns and Sisolak have insisted the project would not be a company town. Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of company town

1927, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jul 2021

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“Company town.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/company%20town. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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