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 factory (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 Consumer demand for cars and trucks is near an all-time high, but car companies are struggling to keep up, slammed by a global computer-chip shortage that is curtailing factory production on the new-car side. Nora Naughton, WSJ, 18 July 2021 Working over what was once a parking lot for C&D Technologies factory, 830 E. Keefe Ave. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 July 2021 Our dad was an auto factory worker who spent long days working hard to support five kids on his own. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 16 July 2021 Our dad was an auto factory worker who spent long days working hard to support five kids on his own. cleveland, 16 July 2021 Growth in the April-June quarter over the previous three months, the way other major economies report results, was 1.3%, reflecting a return to normal for factory activity and consumer spending as government stimulus and easy credit wind down. Joe Mcdonald, ajc, 15 July 2021 Still, factory hiring shrank, ISM found, largely because manufacturers are struggling to fill job openings as the economy rebounds with unexpected speed from the coronavirus recession. Paul Wiseman, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 Autonomous vehicles could be used to transport components or workers around a factory complex or students around a university. New York Times, 14 July 2021 Kuka is headquartered in Augsburg, Germany, and specializes in making industrial robots and other parts for factory automation, according to its website. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 14 July 2021

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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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21 Jul 2021

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“Factory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factory. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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