sweatshop

noun sweat·shop \ ˈswet-ˌshäp \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of sweatshop

: a shop or factory in which employees work for long hours at low wages and under unhealthy conditions

Recent Examples of sweatshop from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sweatshop.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of sweatshop

1884

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

SWEATSHOP Defined for English Language Learners

sweatshop

Definition of sweatshop for English Language Learners

  • : a place where people work long hours for low pay in poor conditions


Learn More about sweatshop


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sweatshop? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to coax or persuade

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • spring-flowers
  • Which is a synonym of raillery?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!