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 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 His father was a packinghouse employee, his mother a nurse. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "J. Clay Smith Jr., forceful EEOC leader and Howard University law dean, dies at 75," 20 Feb. 2018 Packinghouses have been struggling to secure citrus supplies of late, The Lakeland Ledger reported last month., "Florida citrus growers, in tough season, 'still fighting'," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of packinghouse

1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Packinghouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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