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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The vocal performances surround you, put you in the middle of the singers; in an adjacent gallery, individuals who worked in the factory tell their stories. Leah Garchik, SFChronicle.com, "Connecting Lacy’s SFMOMA study of a closed mill and Warhol," 4 June 2019 Pompeian imports olive oil from around the world and bottles it in factories in Baltimore and in Montebello, Calif., to distribute in all 50 states. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore's Pompeian joins olive oil industry to protest tariffs on European imports," 4 June 2019 Consider a dress that turns traditional looming heddles into whooshing sequins that shimmied and whirred as the model walked down the runway, the sound itself a callback to the hubbub of a factory at its busiest hour. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“I Really Feel Quite Lucky”—Sarah Burton Reflects on Her Magical Career at Alexander McQueen," 30 May 2019 Albert Located inside what was once a 19th century diamond factory in Amsterdam's hip De Pijp neighborhood, the Sir Albert Hotel has become a favorite of trendy locals and artsy tourists alike. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Amsterdam," 29 May 2019 For over 20 years, the company's has given qualified products the ‘fair frade certified’ stamp of approval, guaranteeing that the piece is made in factories that value the environment and treat workers with dignity and respect. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Rachael Wang On Fair Trade’s First-Ever Lookbook, Activism and Sustainability," 29 Apr. 2019 When Kerrigan and Altman started, there were still factories in North Philly where seamstresses could sew uniforms at single machines. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "Team Sports Planet: an Internet pioneer faces Amazon, private equity," 9 July 2018 The documentary set in Ohio tells the genesis story of a factory run by a Chinese billionaire at a former General Motors plant. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "The Obamas' Upcoming Netflix Projects Include TV Shows, Documentaries, and Movies," 30 Apr. 2019 Yara is taking a first step toward greening that process with a pilot plant, set to open in 2019, that will sit next to the existing Pilbara factory. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 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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