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[kan-uh-ree] /ˈkæn ə ri/
noun, plural canneries.
a factory where foodstuffs, as meat, fish, or fruit are canned.
Origin of cannery
1865-70, Americanism; can2 + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When the cannery boats arrived the albacore quit biting and took to other waters.

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  • His pre-war clothes had served nicely to wear about the cannery.

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  • We must get everything up to the level of the cannery buildings.

  • Hope it's from the fleet, saying they arrived at the cannery all right.

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  • And the cannery was notified of the safe arrival of the boats at the island.

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  • The message was to be forwarded to Farnsworth from the cannery.

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  • Mr. Dunlap: I have never been in the cannery business, I could not tell.

  • While they talked one of the night men from the cannery hurried on to the scene.

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  • In the summer she had worked for a few weeks in a cannery, pasting labels on fruit cans.

  • "The cannery doesn't seem to be running," observed Mr. Bradford.

British Dictionary definitions for cannery


noun (pl) -neries
a place where foods are canned
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Word Origin and History for cannery

1879, from can (v.2) + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cannery



A jail (1920s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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