prefab

adjective
pre·​fab | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈfab How to pronounce prefab (audio) , ˈprē-ˌfab \

Definition of prefab

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: produced by prefabrication : prefabricated a prefab house

prefab

noun

Definition of prefab (Entry 2 of 2)

: a prefabricated structure

Examples of prefab in a Sentence

Noun The company sells hundreds of prefabs every year.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Builder Pallet Shelter will assemble 66 prefab units to temporarily house more than 60 individuals. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 My parents can sell the house and buy a prefab unit, five times smaller than the homestead. Longreads, 20 Apr. 2022 Each new facility will arrive from the manufacturer pre-wired and pre-plumbed as a prefab unit. John Benson, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2022 Online comment sections became heated debate forums, with naysayers knocking the group as some prefab Zeppelin soundalike. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 13 Mar. 2022 Nelly Quettier, both veterans of Claire Denis, Meier captures the abrasive mood swings against a gloomy backdrop of prefab homes and bland shopping centers, the Alps lingering majestically in the distance. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2022 The digital sign outside First National Bank flashes Bible verses along with the temperature, and many Marion County residents work in small plants that make mobile homes and components for prefab housing. Mike Stobbe, chicagotribune.com, 23 Feb. 2022 The digital sign outside First National Bank flashes Bible verses along with the temperature, and many Marion County residents work in small plants that make mobile homes and components for prefab housing. Jay Reeves And Mike Stobbe, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Feb. 2022 The digital sign outside First National Bank flashes Bible verses along with the temperature, and many Marion County residents work in small plants that make mobile homes and components for prefab housing. NBC News, 23 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yes, Musk is now apparently living in a 375-square-foot prefab guest house in Texas. Alissa Walker, Curbed, 7 July 2021 That's where this truck would be happy, on the open road, stoically towing a gigantic prefab shed or a yacht. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, 22 July 2019 Connor Mill-Built Homes constructs prefabs with historically accurate exteriors but all the necessities of modern living. Dan Neil, WSJ, 27 June 2019 Marius Barstad, a Norwegian plastic surgeon, and his wife, Bente Eger, a sales agent for a fashion company, gave a humdrum 1970s prefab, perched on the edge of Oslo’s inner fjord, a radical makeover. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2018 Not without drawbacks Just like every building method, prefab has its hassles. Michele Lerner, sacbee, 29 June 2018 High steel prices and a lack of practicality may have hindered them; the prefabs, like the McCormick House, would have had no attic or basement. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, 8 June 2018 The Fox station in Madison opted not to run the prefab script. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Apr. 2018 Less than 3 percent of housing starts in the United States in 2016 were some sort of prefab. Julie Lasky, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of prefab

Adjective

1937, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1942, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

11 May 2022

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“Prefab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prefab. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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