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

Examples of packinghouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elsewhere in the packinghouse, printers would whirr and the steam-hiss of sanitizing equipment would drone for 10 hours a day, six days a week and only rest, like the workers, on Sundays. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 24 Aug. 2023 Black workers were often assigned to the dirtiest jobs in the packinghouse, including the kill floor, where men worked up to their knees in blood. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, 21 Dec. 2020 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration should be allowed full access to packinghouse workers, and the meat inspectors of the USDA, as well as the packinghouse workers themselves, should be granted a louder voice in determining safe line speeds. Ted Genoways, The New Republic, 4 Aug. 2020 Some businesses will set up shop in nooks built into the former packinghouse; others will spread out among bars and merch tents amid a north promenade that Finkelman envisions as the equivalent of a fairground. Bob Gendron, Chicago Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Pegged for offices, retailers, private events, a kitchen, a lobby, a possible distillery and what Finkelman hopes will be a skateboard shop with a half pipe, those areas — located in the old packinghouse — are slated to supplement the interior performance venue. Bob Gendron, Chicago Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 The Stockyards Hotel was once a packinghouse center and major horse and cattle market. Dallas News, 2 June 2022 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

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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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“Packinghouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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