[ fak-tuh-ree, -tree ]
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noun,plural fac·to·ries.
  1. a building or group of buildings with facilities for the manufacture of goods.

  2. any place producing a uniform product, without concern for individuality: They call it a law school, but it's just a degree factory.

  1. (formerly) an establishment for factors and merchants carrying on business in a foreign country.

Origin of factory

From the Medieval Latin word factōria, dating back to 1550–60. See factor, -y3

Other words from factory

  • fac·to·ry·like, adjective
  • sub·fac·to·ry, noun, plural sub·fac·to·ries.

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British Dictionary definitions for factory


/ (ˈfæktərɪ) /

nounplural -ries
    • a building or group of buildings containing a plant assembly for the manufacture of goods

    • (as modifier): a factory worker

  1. rare a trading station maintained by factors in a foreign country

  1. Canadian (formerly) a main trading station for the exchange and transshipment of furs

Origin of factory

C16: from Late Latin factorium; see factor

Derived forms of factory

  • factory-like, adjective

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