Definition of manufactory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmanyəˈfakt(ə)rē/

noun (plural manufactories)

A factory.
Example sentences
  • The workshops and manufactories became breeding grounds for radical ideas to take hold.
  • The count had set up his manufactory on the site of an earlier factory where earthenware had been made for about two years.
  • It was not in the contemplation of the parties [to the 1982 conveyance] that the bakery would cease to be used as a manufactory.


Early 17th century (denoting a manufactured article): from manufacture, on the pattern of factory.

  • factory from late 16th century:

    The first factories were far from any urban area, in India and southeast Asia. A factory in the late 16th century was a trading company's foreign base or station. The first use of the word in something like the modern sense came in the early 17th century, but until the Victorian era a building where goods were produced was more usually called a manufactory. The root of factory is Latin facere ‘to make or do’, the source of a great many English words such as fact, factor, feat, and feature (all LME). The sense ‘a place where things are made’ probably came from Latin factorium ‘oil press’.

Words that rhyme with manufactory

factory, olfactory, phylactery, refractory, satisfactory

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Syllabification: man·u·fac·to·ry

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