synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of factory in English

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From Middle French factorie, from Medieval Latin factoria, from Latin factor. Compare Italian fattoria, Spanish factoría, Portuguese feitoria, Dutch factorij.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfæktəɹi/, /ˈfæktɹi/


factory (plural factories)

  1. (obsolete) A trading establishment, especially set up by merchants working in a foreign country.
  2. (now rare) The position or state of being a factor.
  3. A building or other place where manufacturing takes place.
  4. A device which produces or manufactures something.
  5. (programming) In a computer program or library, a function, method, etc. which creates an object.
    • 2010, Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi, William Bartholomew, Inside the Microsoft Build Engine
      The task factory [] is the object that is responsible for creating instances of those tasks dynamically.


  • (building(s) used for trading or storage of trade goods): trading post, tradepost; fondaco (Italian contexts)
  • (building(s) used for manufacturing): manufactory

Derived terms

  • factory reset
  • factory ship

Related terms

  • fact
  • faction
  • factor
  • factorial
  • fashion


  • Tok Pisin: faktori


Further reading

  • factory in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • factory in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


factory (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial, of a configuration, part, etc.) Having come from the factory in the state it is currently in; original, stock.
    See how there's another layer of metal there? That's not factory.

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