[ fak-tuh-ree, -tree ]
/ ˈfæk tə ri, -tri /

noun, plural fac·to·ries.

a building or group of buildings with facilities for the manufacture of goods.
any place producing a uniform product, without concern for individuality: They call it a law school, but it's just a degree factory.
(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


fac·to·ry·like, adjectivesub·fac·to·ry, noun, plural sub·fac·to·ries.
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British Dictionary definitions for factory

/ (ˈfæktərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

  1. a building or group of buildings containing a plant assembly for the manufacture of goods
  2. (as modifier)a factory worker
rare a trading station maintained by factors in a foreign country
Canadian (formerly) a main trading station for the exchange and transshipment of furs

Derived forms of factory

factory-like, adjective

Word Origin for factory

C16: from Late Latin factorium; see factor
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