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Latin manūfactus +‎ -ory.





manufactory (plural manufactories)

  1. (archaic) A manufacturing process; a particular industry or part of an industry. [from 17th c.]
    • 1873, The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Review, page 698:
      The manufactory of sugar is generally in German hands.
  2. (archaic) A plant where something is manufactured; a factory. [from 17th c.]
    • 1817, The Philosophical Magazine and Journal, journal, Jan 1817:
      Sᴍᴀʟᴛ from the King of France's porcelain manufactory at Sevres fused into a mass, and resigned its colour.
    • 1832, Queen Victoria, journal, 2 Aug 1832:
      We have just changed horses at Birmingham where I was two years ago and we visited the manufactories which are very curious.
    • 2001, Ian Irvine, Geomancer: A Tale of The Three Worlds (The Well of Echoes; 1), London: Orbit, published 2002, →ISBN, page 8:
      The furnaces of the manufactory must be fed.
    • 2023 June 28, Stephen Roberts, “Bradshaw's Britain: Alton to Exeter”, in RAIL, number 986, page 57:
      Bradshaw is always ready to talk 'manufactories', and here he confides that the town [Basingstoke] "carried on a rather considerable business in druggets, which has since fallen off".





manufactory (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Relating to manufacture. [18th–19th c.]


  1. ^ Jespersen, Otto (1909) A Modern English Grammar on Historical Principles (Sammlung germanischer Elementar- und Handbücher; 9)‎[1], volumes I: Sounds and Spellings, London: George Allen & Unwin, published 1961, § 12.41, page 346.