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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Assembling components in a factory might save on construction labor, but truck driver shortages remain severe, which would hamper deliveries. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "As home sales flatten, affordability remains key issue for new housing construction," 28 June 2019 Volkswagen is investing in a battery cell factory in its home base Germany. Echo Huang, Quartz, "Bye-bye Panasonic? Tesla is working on making its own batteries," 27 June 2019 She was born on June 27, 1869 in Lithuania and as a teenager in Rochester, NY and later in New Haven, CT, worked in a factory. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Emma Goldman, One of History’s Best-Known Anarchists, Was Born 150 Years Ago," 27 June 2019 Hope for Flowers is based in her hometown of Detroit, and Reese is producing part of the collection in a small factory in Flint, Michigan, which employs women who are re-entering the workforce and want to learn new skills. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Tracy Reese Unveils a New Sustainable, “Responsibly Designed” Collection That’s Based in Detroit," 24 June 2019 Jihane found work in a sewing factory, but her monthly wage of 350 Turkish lira (then about $150) barely covered their rent. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "Fleeing Syria, these child refugees become child laborers," 20 June 2019 That included selling insurance and cars, and ultimately working in a factory. Mike Hutton, chicagotribune.com, "Hutton: Washington Township coach Randy Roberts says, 'We're not going down there hoping to win. We expect to win.'," 15 June 2019 China reported the slowest growth in factory output since 2002. Alan Murray, Fortune, "The Art of the Deal: CEO Daily," 14 June 2019 His father, Fernando, was a well respected amateur tenor, but one who made his living as a baker in Modeno, Italy, while his mother worked in a tobacco factory. Reagan Alexander, PEOPLE.com, "Five Things You Never Knew About Luciano Pavarotti, the Larger Than Life Opera Star," 13 June 2019

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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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