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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the mid-1990s, Merino organized her co-workers at a downtown Los Angeles seafood packinghouse. Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2022 The Clubhouse, a private VIP space adorned with an east-facing glass wall and door leading to a rooftop of the packinghouse — permitting a bird’s-eye view of the outdoor stage and vistas of the city. Bob Gendron, Chicago Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Travelers can also pick up Friend’s Ranch citrus directly from the farm’s packinghouse in Ojai, open on 7 a.m. to noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays through May. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 When passing New York’s packinghouse district, for example, the tour bus guide pays homage to Chicago’s Union Stockyards. Ron Grossman,, 3 Mar. 2022 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, 21 Dec. 2020 New energy jobs in Iowa could quadruple in a decade, paying twice as much as the packinghouse. Art Cullen, Star Tribune, 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, 21 Dec. 2020 Black workers had often been assigned to the dirtiest jobs in the packinghouse. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica, 21 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of packinghouse was in 1796

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Cite this Entry

“Packinghouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



pack·​ing·​house ˈpak-iŋ-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce packinghouse (audio)
: an establishment for preparing foods and especially meat
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