[ in-duh-stree ]
/ ˈɪn də stri /

noun, plural in·dus·tries for 1, 2, 7.

Nearby words

  1. industrialize,
  2. industrialized,
  3. industrials,
  4. industrious,
  5. industriously,
  6. industrywide,
  7. indwell,
  8. indwelling,
  9. indwelling catheter,
  10. indy

Origin of industry

1475–85; earlier industrie < Latin industria, noun use of feminine of industrius industrious

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British Dictionary definitions for industries


/ (ˈɪndəstrɪ) /

noun plural -tries

organized economic activity concerned with manufacture, extraction and processing of raw materials, or construction
a branch of commercial enterprise concerned with the output of a specified product or servicethe steel industry
  1. industrial ownership and management interests collectively, as contrasted with labour interests
  2. manufacturing enterprise collectively, as opposed to agriculture
diligence; assiduity

Word Origin for industry

C15: from Latin industria diligence, from industrius active, of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for industries



late 15c., "cleverness, skill," from Old French industrie "activity; aptitude" (14c.) or directly from Latin industria "diligence, activity, zeal," fem. of industrius "industrious, diligent," used as a noun, from early Latin indostruus "diligent," from indu "in, within" + stem of struere "to build" (see structure (n.)). Sense of "diligence, effort" is from 1530s; meaning "trade or manufacture" first recorded 1560s; that of "systematic work" is 1610s.

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