fac·​to·​ry ˈfak-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce factory (audio)
plural factories
: a station where factors reside and trade
a colonial factory
: a building or set of buildings with facilities for manufacturing
: the seat of some kind of production
the vice factories of the slums
factorylike adjective

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Example Sentences

She got a job in the factory. the new factory will create hundreds of much-needed jobs
Recent Examples on the Web How would a more diverse team affect performance?), rather than the business’s impact on the wider world (How might my factory be polluting the planet? Erika Fry, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2022 Hof’s, of course, still carries chocolate made from its factory in Greenacres. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2022 Abbott shut down its largest formula factory in Sturgis, Mich., in February due to safety concerns tied to some of its Similac products. Jesse Newman, WSJ, 20 Sep. 2022 China operations are back in full swing after an upgrade to its factory in Shanghai and a COVID-19 lockdown in the city slowed production earlier this year. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2022 Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries based in Ulsan said there were no major losses though some parts of its factory were submerged. Reuters, CNN, 7 Sep. 2022 Our own factory started to produce pajamas, robes, polo shirts and jersey pieces. Aleks Cvetkovic, Robb Report, 4 Sep. 2022 The rocket's core stage, manufactured by Boeing, was shipped from its factory in Louisiana more than two and a half years ago. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 3 Sep. 2022 Stefan’s character is Pine, who fell in love with another lineman at his factory, and Stefan/Pine smiles at me now through the beginnings of a full Viking beard. WIRED, 2 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of factory was in 1582

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“Factory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factory. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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fac·​to·​ry ˈfak-tə-rē How to pronounce factory (audio)
plural factories
: a place where products are manufactured

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