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[tan-uh-ree] /ˈtæn ə ri/
noun, plural tanneries.
a place where tanning is carried on.
Origin of tannery
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at tan1, -ery Unabridged
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  • From the limeyard is taken about the only waste bye-products of the tannery, viz.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • The latter he manufactured himself, and his tannery was the largest in Croye.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • Suddenly, there was the tannery, Jethro standing in front of it, contemplative.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • He wrote his first tunes on the boards of the tannery as he tended the bark-mill.

    The Standard Oratorios George P. Upton
  • He then went to Hull, where he began to preach to his mates in the tannery where he worked.

  • “Carmachel told me nothing in a tannery was wasted,” he said.

    The Story of Leather Sara Ware Bassett
  • He read and thought and chopped wood in the tannery shed as usual.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • But has he ever been near you since he put you into the tannery?

    The Story of Leather Sara Ware Bassett
  • Achilles was sulking in the tannery house—some said a broken Achilles.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • And now, here in my own tannery, I find the clue for which I have been hunting.

    The Story of Leather Sara Ware Bassett
British Dictionary definitions for tannery


noun (pl) -neries
a place or building where skins and hides are tanned
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tannery

c.1400, "process of tanning;" see tan (v.) + -ery. Meaning "place where tanning is done" is from 1736.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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