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.

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

Related Words for foundry

shop, forge, factory

Examples from the Web for foundry

Historical Examples of foundry

  • It was all in the evening papers, and he had been dismissed from his time-keeping at the foundry.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • They have done more; they have bought up the lease of the Foundry, and sent it out to me.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • Morgan's foundry and Orth's brewery were just on the other side of us.

  • The bed he lies in was sawed and planed by a machine, or cast in a foundry.

    The Voice of the Machines

    Gerald Stanley Lee

  • Nadia studied the foundry for a moment, interested, but unimpressed.

    Spacehounds of IPC

    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for foundry


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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