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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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 The cause of the blast at the factory, outside the town of Hendek, in Sakarya province, has not been determined. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 3, 2020," 3 July 2020 The stuff of the bot world — early factory-line automation up to today's artificial intelligence — has been a growing fact of life for decades. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "No masks, no coughs: Robots can be just what the doctor ordered in time of social distancing," 8 July 2020 This is believed to be the third explosion at factory since 2009. NBC News, "At least four dead and almost 100 injured at Turkish fireworks factory explosion," 3 July 2020 One day some old piss-schnapps-cabbage man at the factory called her into an office and gave her an official warning. Hari Kunzru, The New Yorker, "A Transparent Woman," 29 June 2020 There are now at least 1,331 positive cases at the factory, according to town authorities. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, June 22," 22 June 2020 From 2021 onward, the tour and build experience at the factory will be with the upcoming ID.3 instead. Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, "VW Invites Public to Build Electric Golf on Dresden Assembly Line," 21 June 2020 That person said the Model Y line had been kept running and some workers who chose to remain at the factory had been sent from their normal duties to assist on that line. Chase Difeliciantonio, SFChronicle.com, "Tesla to workers: Take Juneteenth off — if you want to use a vacation day," 19 June 2020 Neumann-Ortiz is also asking the company to implement or strengthen the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards at the factory. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Briggs & Stratton employee whose family says pushed for more coronavirus restrictions in the workplace died from the virus," 16 June 2020

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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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The first known use of factory was in 1582

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1 Aug 2020

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“Factory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factory. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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