Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Assiduous in work or study; diligent. See Synonyms at busy.
  • adj. Obsolete Skillful; clever.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Hard-working and persistent; worksome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Given to industry; characterized by diligence; constantly, regularly, or habitually occupied; busy; assiduous; not slothful or idle; -- commonly implying devotion to lawful and useful labor.
  • adj. Steadily and perseveringly active in a particular pursuit or aim

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Given to industry; acting or working with diligence; sedulous: as, a person industrious in business.
  • Marked by industry; done with or characterized by diligence; busily pursued, performed, or employed: as, an industrious life; industrious researches.
  • Expert; clever; shrewd.
  • Synonyms Industrious, Industrial; busy, laborious, active, hard-working, sedulous. Industrious, having the activity or the moral quality of industry; industrial, connected with the application of industry to manufactures: as, the industrious ant; industrial statistics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. working hard to promote an enterprise
  • adj. characterized by hard work and perseverance

Etymologies

From Latin industriosus ("diligent, active, industrious"), from industria ("diligence, industry"); see industry. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She had also heard herself called industrious, capable and more than ordinarily clever, and she acquiesced with that opinion also.

    Humble Pie

  • Thus industrious is he to give honour to him, and to bring others to do so too.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • Its completion will signal the end of a two-hundred-year commercial saga characterized by industrious thinking, entrepreneurial markets, and mass labor workforces and the beginning of a new era marked by collaborative behavior, social networks and boutique professional and technical workforces.

    Jeremy Rifkin: The Third Industrial Revolution: Toward A New Economic Paradigm (EXCERPT)

  • The Italian is considering recalling the industrious James Milner to the right of his midfield in place of Aaron Lennon? leaving Joe Cole again on the bench? with Matthew Upson to partner Terry in the centre of defence in the absence of the suspended Jamie Carragher.

    World Cup 2010: Fabio Capello says his England team can reach final

  • But JK Rowling didn't get where she is today by not being industrious, which is why JK Rowling has announced a big American Harry Potter tour for the autumn.

    Two Harry Potter Characters To Bite It Soon – JK Rowling

  • A man on a raft with his shirt for a signal cannot be termed industrious, but he will keep his eyes open for a sail on the horizon.

    Mental Efficiency And Other Hints to Men and Women

  • This answer was, at the moment, not altogether welcome, for I had just been discussing with a Russian fellow-traveller as to whether the peasantry can fairly be called industrious, and the boy's reply enabled my antagonist to score a point against me.

    Russia

  • Granvelle had given the others leave of absence, but wished to keep within call the industrious Maltese, on whose zeal he could always rely.

    Barbara Blomberg — Volume 09

  • Does this, if it be true, explain in any measure the strange fact that the servants of fashion must never be known as industrious, still less laborious in any useful avocation? that they must be always at leisure for the morning call and the evening _levee_?

    The Young Maiden

  • The Italian is considering recalling the industrious James Milner to the right of his midfield in place of Aaron Lennon - leaving Joe Cole again on the bench - with Matthew Upson to partner Terry in the centre of defence in the absence of the suspended Jamie Carragher.

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