prefab

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adjective

pre·​fab (ˌ)prē-ˈfab How to pronounce prefab (audio)
ˈprē-ˌfab
: produced by prefabrication : prefabricated
a prefab house

prefab

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noun

: a prefabricated structure

Examples of prefab in a Sentence

Noun The company sells hundreds of prefabs every year.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
To keep a lid on costs and speed up construction, prefab kitchen and bath pods will be inserted into the apartments as they’re built. Andres Viglucci, Miami Herald, 12 July 2024 Individual days become as indistinguishable from each other as the numerous white prefab boxes that make up the camp, giving Xoftex the air of an industrial container yard rather than a human settlement. Guy Lodge, Variety, 3 July 2024
Noun
Michaelo pushed back on the idea that prefabs were a radical departure from the construction business. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2023 Most prefabs are installed on top of a slab or strip foundation to support the structure and avoid corrosion from water. House Beautiful, 5 Apr. 2023 See all Example Sentences for prefab 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1937, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prefab was in 1937

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“Prefab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prefab. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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prefab

noun
pre·​fab
(ˈ)prē-ˈfab,
ˈprē-ˌfab
: a prefabricated structure

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