- The definition of a factory is where something is made or assembled.
An example of a factory is a place where cars are built.
- A factory is defined as something that makes things quickly and in great quantities.
An example of factory is a child's school where germs are spread quickly, a "germ factory."
Two machinist working in a factory.
factory definition by Webster's New World
- a building or buildings in which things are manufactured; manufacturing plant
Origin: < Port feitoriaa trading settlement maintained by factors
Origin: French factorie ; from facteur: see factor
factory definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. fac·to·ries
- a. A building or group of buildings in which goods are manufactured; a plant.b. A vessel in which newly caught seafood is prepared for shipment and sale: a floating fish factory.
- A business establishment for commercial agents or factors in a foreign country.
- The source of prolific production: a rock group that was a hit-tune factory; a motel that served as an illegal drug factory.
Origin: Late Latin factōria, oil press, mill, and Medieval Latin factōria, establishment for factors, both from Latin factor, factor; see factor.