[ foun-dree ]
/ ˈfaʊn dri /

noun, plural found·ries.

an establishment for producing castings in molten metal.
the act or process of founding or casting metal.
the category of metal objects made by founding; castings.


Nearby words

  1. founding fathers,
  2. foundling,
  3. foundling hospital,
  4. foundress,
  5. foundrous,
  6. foundry proof,
  7. foundry sand,
  8. foundry type,
  9. fount,
  10. fountain

Origin of foundry

From the French word fonderie, dating back to 1595–1605. See found3, -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for foundry


/ (ˈfaʊndrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a place in which metal castings are produced
the science or practice of casting metal
cast-metal articles collectively

Word Origin for foundry

C17: from Old French fonderie, from fondre; see found ³

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Word Origin and History for foundry



c.1600, from French fonderei, from fondre "to cast" (see found (v.2)).

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