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

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Meanwhile, in factories, uniforms and equipment tend to be scaled for the average male face, weight, and height. Melanie Hamlett, Glamour, "Men Rigged a World Built for Them and Called It ‘Neutral’—Women Call Bullshit," 7 May 2019 Buffalo' Keaulana—or see him geek out over vintage bikes while visiting the Harley Davidson factory, this is your opportunity. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beard or No Beard, Jason Momoa’s YouTube Account is a Must-Follow," 18 Apr. 2019 Lockheed Martin has offered start up a F-21 factory in India, and India could eventually build planes for future, non-American F-21 customers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why There's a “New” American Fighter Called the F-21," 20 Feb. 2019 Young people fled farms and small towns to live in big cities and work in factories, restaurants, and bars. Dean Peterson, Vox, "How the economy shapes our love lives," 13 Feb. 2019 As a manufacturing capital, Hong Kong factories are generally designed to produce at top speed and efficiency; creativity, let alone sustainability, are not of particular value. Vogue, "The Girls Behind YanYan, a New Knit Label From Hong Kong, Are Making Modern Maa Maa Style," 14 Mar. 2019 All Lightning Lap entries arrive in factory condition or fitted with homologated parts available at their dealerships. Car and Driver, "Lightning Lap 2018: Where the Track Tells the Truth," 26 Sep. 2018 The drop came during the annual pause in China’s manufacturing during the Lunar New Year celebration, when factories typically shut down for several weeks. Paul Page, WSJ, "U.S. Seaborne Imports to Los Angeles, Long Beach Plunged in February," 18 Mar. 2019 For that reason, many animal advocates are working on clean meat — meat products that are cell-for-cell identical to the meat from animals but factory-produced from stem cells rather than from live animals. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 Dec. 2018

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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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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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