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[man-yuh-fak-tuh-ree] /ˌmæn yəˈfæk tə ri/
noun, plural manufactories. Archaic.
a factory.
Origin of manufactory
1610-20; obsolete manufact handmade (< Late Latin manūfact(us); see manus, fact) + -ory2 Unabridged
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  • In that manufactory Mr. Ashley was William's master, and he believed he had no resource but to comply with his desire.

    Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Afterwards he obtained a post in the laboratory of a manufactory of dyes.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • A manufactory was formerly so called because it named a place where things were made by hand.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • Of the Paper, it is only necessary to say that it comes from the manufactory of Mr. Whatman.

    Why Bewick Succeeded Jacob Kainen
  • He opened a manufactory for his machines where he could carry on the business in a small way.

    Hidden Treasures Harry A. Lewis
  • We visited a manufactory of cheroots, for which Manilla is celebrated.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • The new invention found public favor at once; and Kond soon afterwards established the first manufactory of insect-cages.

  • He had established a manufactory for gunpowder, on a plan devised by himself.

    In New Granada W.H.G. Kingston
  • He had to go down himself to the manufactory in order to get the men into the way of doing the work.

  • “You shall see when we arrive at the manufactory,” he answered.

    The Wanderers W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for manufactory


/ˌmænjʊˈfæktərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
an obsolete word for factory
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete manufact; see manufacture
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