Definition of industry in English:


Syllabification: in·dus·try
Pronunciation: /ˈindəstrē

noun (plural industries)

1Economic activity concerned with the processing of raw materials and manufacture of goods in factories: the competitiveness of American industry
More example sentences
  • The union is now the biggest in the private sector and manufacturing industry.
  • Manufacturing and industry produced a large range of products aimed at many different markets.
  • Costs of smelters scrap metal and other problems are having a major impact on manufacturing industry.
manufacturing, production;
1.1 [with adjective or noun modifier] A particular form or branch of economic or commercial activity: the car industry the tourist industry
More example sentences
  • The technology industry has a poor track record in attracting female applicants.
  • Keeping up with the Kiwis now is hard work, as the wine industry continues to grow like topsy
  • In the airline industry emotional labour is vital to the success of the product.
1.2 [with adjective or noun modifier] informal An activity or domain in which a great deal of time or effort is expended: the Shakespeare industry
More example sentences
  • Another possible approach might examine Chaucerian criticism as a marketplace of ideas: how market-like is the ‘Chaucer industry’?
  • The Mozart industry has thrown down the glove, challenging musicians and listeners to search out every nook in which a Mozart note may have hidden.
2Hard work: the kitchen became a hive of industry
More example sentences
  • Her sewing room, based in her farm in Fife, which she shares with her fiancé, is a hive of industry.
  • On some occasions three courts were sitting simultaneously and it was a hive of industry and justice.
  • His industry, inventiveness and hard work said a lot about the way Celtic play the game.
activity, busyness, energy, vigor, productiveness;
hard work, industriousness, diligence, application, dedication


late Middle English (sense 2): from French industrie or Latin industria 'diligence'.

Definition of industry in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day noisome
Pronunciation: ˈnoisəm
having an extremely offensive smell