pack·​ing·​house | \ ˈpa-kiŋ-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce packinghouse (audio) \

Definition of packinghouse

: an establishment for slaughtering livestock and processing and packing meat, meat products, and by-products also : one for processing and packing other foodstuffs

called also packing plant

Examples of packinghouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Waterloo packinghouse, a sprawling complex amid cornfields on the city’s eastern edge, had twice as many employees as the one in Columbus Junction. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, "As COVID-19 Ravaged This Iowa City, Officials Discovered Meatpacking Executives Were the Ones in Charge," 21 Dec. 2020 New energy jobs in Iowa could quadruple in a decade, paying twice as much as the packinghouse. Art Cullen, Star Tribune, "Is it possible to both revive rural America and help the planet?," 29 Jan. 2021 Thanks to the jobs at the packinghouse and at other factories, thousands of Black people moved to Waterloo from the South during the Great Migration. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica, "How the History of Waterloo, Iowa, Explains How Meatpacking Plants Became Hotbeds of COVID-19," 21 Dec. 2020 Black workers had often been assigned to the dirtiest jobs in the packinghouse. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica, "How the History of Waterloo, Iowa, Explains How Meatpacking Plants Became Hotbeds of COVID-19," 21 Dec. 2020 Some workers at the Aberdeen packinghouse contracted COVID-19 and the operation had to reduce production. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, "How Minnesota's biggest beef producer is weathering the coronavirus," 30 Aug. 2020 The historic packinghouse was converted into a two-story food hall with about 30 vendors. Wendy Fawthrop, Los Angeles Times, "Exploring the foodie destination that is downtown Anaheim: Four Hours," 10 Jan. 2020 Until the 1980s, Latino neighborhoods in both north and south Fort Worth were neglected and left unzoned so adjacent packinghouses and industrial plants could expand anytime. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "A life of love and tamales: Virgie Martinez retires from backyard landmark Mi Cocinita," 26 June 2018 Joseph Rios has been a janitor, gardener and packinghouse supervisor. David Roderick, San Francisco Chronicle, "State Lines: Joseph Rios’ ‘Nocturnes’," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of packinghouse

1796, in the meaning defined above

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22 Apr 2021

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“Packinghouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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