factory

noun
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

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Cartesiano, Puebla, Mexico This gorgeous property is located inside an old ceramics factory in the heart of Mexico's Puebla, set between brightly painted colonial homes and storefronts. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Here, a factory shares real estate with a tailoring school, and there’s a small vineyard that’s set to produce its first bottlings of sangiovese, merlot, and cabernet. Richard David Story, Town & Country, "Why Bishops and Jeff Bezos Swear By Brunello Cucinelli," 27 Feb. 2019 Getty ImagesWPA Pool The drama factory that is Meghan Markle's family is still in high-production. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Letter to Her Dad, Thomas Markle, After the Royal Wedding Is Heart-Wrenching," 9 Feb. 2019 For factory owners on deadline, those crowded roads can mean frustrating delays. Alexandra Stevenson, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s tariffs may hurt as trade war worsens, but quitting China is hard to do. Why other countries can’t fill the bill.," 24 Sep. 2018 The 39-year-old factory worker faces up to 20 years in prison if he's found guilty. Stephen Wright, Fox News, "Polish globe-trotter blunders into Indonesia-Papua conflict," 24 Sep. 2018 Just ask inventor Jeffrey Gaudynski, a retired factory worker. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here’s how two 'ordinary' Milwaukee-area men created a unique, dual-wheeled bicycle. The next challenge? Trying to sell them.," 11 July 2018 More broadly, a number of Japanese factory owners have been rocked in recent years by safety and quality issues. Carlos Tejada, New York Times, "Nissan Workers in Japan Falsified Emissions Tests, Review Says," 9 July 2018 The results can be heard in a straw poll of factory workers in the eastern city of Yantai, who will be among the first to suffer from the American tariffs planned for July 6th. The Economist, "China considers its response to Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs," 23 June 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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The first known use of factory was in 1582

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factory

noun

English Language Learners Definition of factory

: a building or group of buildings where products are made

factory

noun
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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