n. pl. fac·to·ries
a. A building or group of buildings in which goods are manufactured; a plant.
b. See factory ship.
2. A business establishment for commercial agents or factors in a foreign country.
3. The source of prolific production: a rock group that was a hit-tune factory; a motel that served as an illegal drug factory.
[Late Latin factōria, oil press, mill, and Medieval Latin factōria, establishment for factors, both from Latin factor, factor; see FACTOR.]
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