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



Origin of industrial

First recorded in 1580–90; industry + -al1
Related forms
Can be confusedindustrial 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 Formsindustrially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for preindustrial



1774, from French industriel, from Medieval Latin industrialis, from Latin industria (see industry). Earlier the word had been used in English in a sense "resulting from labor" (1580s); the modern use is considered a reborrowing. Meaning "suitable for industrial use" is from 1904. As a style of dance music, attested from 1988. Industrial revolution was in use by 1840 to refer to recent developments and changes in England and elsewhere.

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