noun, plural fac·to·ries.
- a building or group of buildings with facilities for the manufacture of goods.
- any place producing a uniform product, without concern for individuality: They call it a law school, but it’s just a degree factory.
- (formerly) an establishment for factors and merchants carrying on business in a foreign country.
noun plural -ries
- a building or group of buildings containing a plant assembly for the manufacture of goods
- (as modifier)a factory worker
- rare a trading station maintained by factors in a foreign country
- Canadian (formerly) a main trading station for the exchange and transshipment of furs
1550s, “estate manager’s office,” from Middle French factorie, from Late Latin factorium “office for agents (factors),” also “oil press, mill,” from Latin factor “doer, maker” (see factor (n.)). Sense of “building for making goods” is first attested 1610s. Factory farm attested from 1890.