noun, plural hatch·er·ies.

a place for hatching eggs of hens, fish, etc., especially a large, commercial or government site where the young are hatched, cared for, and sold or distributed.

Origin of hatchery

First recorded in 1875–80; hatch1 + -ery
Related formssub·hatch·er·y, noun, plural sub·hatch·er·ies.
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Historical Examples of hatchery

  • Its absolutely necessary that I have the Ashton stream for a hatchery, and you know it.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • I've a hatchery there and the State lets me have a man in exchange for free fry.

    The Flaming Jewel

    Robert W. Chambers

  • Salmon have a peculiarity which makes it easy for the hatchery people.

    Bill Bruce on Forest Patrol

    Henry Harley Arnold

  • We saved the other buildings, but the hatchery is a mass of smoldering ruins.


    Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye

  • When I arrived here I had made up my mind to fire the poet and arrange for the hatchery and patrol.


    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for hatchery


noun plural -eries

a place where eggs are hatched under artificial conditions
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Word Origin and History for hatchery

1880, from hatch (v.1) + -ery.

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