Origin of tannery

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at tan1, -ery
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Historical Examples of tannery

  • He wrote his first tunes on the boards of the tannery as he tended the bark-mill.

    The Standard Oratorios

    George P. Upton

  • With this start he went to Pennsylvania, and was employed in a tannery.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis

  • The latter he manufactured himself, and his tannery was the largest in Croye.

    The Doomsman

    Van Tassel Sutphen

  • Suddenly, there was the tannery, Jethro standing in front of it, contemplative.

    Coniston, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • Jethro's barn and tannery were full, and many other barns in the village.

    Coniston, Complete

    Winston Churchill

British Dictionary definitions for tannery


noun plural -neries
  1. a place or building where skins and hides are tanned
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Word Origin and History for tannery

c.1400, "process of tanning;" see tan (v.) + -ery. Meaning "place where tanning is done" is from 1736.

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