fac·​to·​ry | \ ˈfak-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce factory (audio) \
plural factories

Definition of factory

1 : a station where factors reside and trade a colonial factory
2a : a building or set of buildings with facilities for manufacturing
b : the seat of some kind of production the vice factories of the slums

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Other Words from factory

factorylike \ ˈfak-​t(ə-​)rē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce factorylike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of factory in a Sentence

She got a job in the factory. the new factory will create hundreds of much-needed jobs
Recent Examples on the Web Halo Top did not own its own factory and had to refine its recipe to avoid blowing up the production pipes in its contractor’s facility because the original formulation was too thick. Los Angeles Times, "Halo Top ice cream company is sold to Blue Bunny’s owner," 17 Sep. 2019 In 1999, a fire consumed three-quarters of its factory. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "A Brexit Party politician owns London’s oldest smoked salmon factory," 11 Sep. 2019 Japan occupied the Korean peninsula for over three decades and forced Koreans to work in its factories and brothels for Japanese soldiers during World War II. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "South Korea’s turning to the WTO over Japan’s weaponization of trade," 10 Sep. 2019 Koenigsegg will eventually produce a limited run of 30 of these models a year in their factory on a retired Swedish Air Force base. CBS News, "Inside the quest to build the world's fastest production car," 7 Sep. 2019 Being able to produce at that scale takes a lot of thought and organization with our factories. Cheryl V. Jackson, chicagotribune.com, "How do you get your favorite canceled fast food back? It helps to be Chance or Bieber," 6 Sep. 2019 With no computers to rely on, Johnson and his team worked in secret and by hand, often fabricating parts during off hours and on Sundays at their Lockheed factory to preserve the program’s secrecy, even from other employees. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U-2 Is Such a Badass Plane," 4 Sep. 2019 The company has just begun construction of a multibillion-dollar expansion to its D1X research factory in Hillsboro. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "An Oregon recession? Unconventional trade war casts a shadow," 31 Aug. 2019 Hearing the distant thunder of cultural change no less than the Southern Gentleman had, the fashionistas with their runways in old Europe and their factories in its old empires began turning out athleisure wear. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Behind the Times," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of factory

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for factory

fact(or) entry 1 + -ory entry 1; in sense 1 after Portuguese feitoria; in sense 2 perhaps short for manufactory

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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of factory was in 1582

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How to pronounce factory (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of factory

: a building or group of buildings where products are made


fac·​to·​ry | \ ˈfak-tə-rē How to pronounce factory (audio) , ˈfak-trē\
plural factories

Kids Definition of factory

: a place where products are manufactured

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