[ in-duhs-tree-uh l ]
/ ɪnˈdʌs tri əl /



Origin of industrial

First recorded in 1580–90; industry + -al1

Related forms

Can be confused

industrial industrious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for preindustrial

  • In the preindustrial Bulgaria of the 1930s, the artisans and peasants together formed the backbone of the economy.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for preindustrial (1 of 2)


/ (ˌpriːɪnˈdʌstrɪəl) /


of or relating to a society, age, etc, before industrialization

British Dictionary definitions for preindustrial (2 of 2)


/ (ɪnˈdʌstrɪəl) /


of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of industry
employed in industrythe industrial workforce
relating to or concerned with workers in industryindustrial conditions
used in industryindustrial chemicals

Derived Forms

industrially, adverb
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