- The definition of an industry is any large-scale business activity or a type of productive manufacture or trade.
An example of industry is the coal mining business.
- skill or cleverness
- the application of this
- earnest, steady effort; constant diligence in or application to work
- systematic work; habitual employment
- any particular branch of productive, esp. manufacturing, enterprise: the paper industry
- any large-scale business activity: the tourist industry
- manufacturing productive enterprises collectively, esp. as distinguished from agriculture
- the owners and managers of industry
Origin of industryLate Middle English ; from Middle French industrie ; from Classical Latin industria ; from industrius, active, industrious ; from an unverified form indo-struus ; from Old Latin endo (from source Classical Latin in) + struere, to pile up, arrange: see strew
- a. The sector of an economy made up of manufacturing enterprises: government regulation of industry.b. A sector of an economy: the advertising industry. See Synonyms at business.
- Energetic devotion to a task or an endeavor; diligence: demonstrated great intelligence and industry as a prosecutor.
- Ongoing work or study associated with a specified subject or figure: the Civil War industry; the Hemingway industry.
- Archaeology a. A collection of artifacts or tools made from a specified material: a Mesolithic bone industry.b. A standardized tradition of toolmaking associated with a specified tool or culture: a stone hand-ax industry; the Acheulian industry.
- Obsolete Cleverness or skill.
Origin of industryMiddle English industrie, skill, from Old French, from Latin industria, diligence, from feminine of industrius, diligent; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural industries)
- (uncountable) The tendency to work persistently.
- Over the years, their industry and business sense made them wealthy.
- (countable, business, economics) Businesses of the same type, considered as a whole.
- The software and tourism industries continue to grow, while the steel industry remains troubled.
- The steel industry has long used blast furnaces to smelt iron.
- (uncountable, economics) Businesses that produce goods as opposed to services.
- (in the singular, economics) The sector of the economy consisting of large-scale enterprises.
- There used to be a lot of industry around here, but now the economy depends on tourism.
- (European software patents) Automated production of material goods .
From Old French industrie, from Latin industria (“diligence, activity, industry”), from industrius (“diligent, active, zealous”), from Old Latin indostruus (“diligent, active”); origin unknown. Perhaps from indu (“in”) + ūst-, ūstr-, stem of ūrō (“burn, burn up, consume”, verb), related to Old High German ūstrī (“industry”), Old English andūstrian (“to hate, detest”, literally “to be consumed with zeal”).