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

  • n. A factory or manufacturing plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to manufacturing.
  • n. Manufacture.
  • n. A building or place where anything is manufactured; a factory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to manufacturing; employed in manufacturing: as, a manufactory operation.
  • n. The act of manufacturing; manufacture.
  • n. A building in which goods are manufactured; more generally, any place where articles for use or consumption are regularly made: more comprehensive in scope than factory. See factory, 4.

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

  • n. a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing


Probably manufact(ure) + -ory.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin manūfactus +‎ -ory. (Wiktionary)



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