noun, plural fac·to·ries.
Origin of factory
Related Words for factoryshop, firm, cooperative, industry, workshop, branch, laboratory, mill, foundry, warehouse, forge, works, mint, manufactory, workroom, sweatshop
Examples from the Web for factory
Contemporary Examples of factory
The cameraman was reporting on the factory catching fire when the inevitable happened.Fireworks Factory Explodes in Colorful Burst
The Daily Beast Video
January 6, 2015
Haloid spent nearly 15 years and $75 million developing prototype copiers, even building a factory in 1954 far ahead of demand.Pioneers in Printing
The Daily Beast
October 21, 2014
For decades afterward, the profession remained mostly female and was considered less valuable labor than, say, factory work.Finally, Home Care Workers Start Fighting Back
October 19, 2014
By 1980, the Glock family was living atop their factory, making curtain rods as well as weapons.
While Gaston designed firearms, the rest of the family kept the factory going.
Historical Examples of factory
Now, how much better off should I have been if I had kept my place in the factory?
Then you could have stayed in the factory, and got your wages regularly every week.
Meanwhile, fortune had improved with Mr. Davis, the superintendent of the factory.
It is the superintendent of the factory in our village—a man rich, or, at any rate, well-to-do.
Mrs. Rushton and her son occupied a little cottage, not far from the factory.
noun plural -ries
- a building or group of buildings containing a plant assembly for the manufacture of goods
- (as modifier)a factory worker
Word Origin for factory
1550s, "estate manager's office," from Middle French factorie, from Late Latin factorium "office for agents (factors)," also "oil press, mill," from Latin factor "doer, maker" (see factor (n.)). Sense of "building for making goods" is first attested 1610s. Factory farm attested from 1890.