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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
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Examples from the web for cannery
  • He had worked at an old pineapple cannery for many years and the acid had eventually worn away his fingerprints.
  • He found work on the docks, and he worked at a cannery for a while, and then he loaded trucks.
  • Look for the cannery cottages built for people who spent summers in the area canning salmon.
  • The first half deals in detail with the fundamentals of food preparation and cannery operation.
  • It is then either shipped to a cannery as a raw material input or sold for other commercial purposes.
  • Her registration certificate shows that she registered for cannery or bottle labeling work only.
  • The facility has the flexibility to irrigate with domestic flow and cannery process water.
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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cannery

bug 1

  1. Any insect whatever Now US only (1642+ British)
  2. Any upper-respiratory or flulike complaint, esp one that is somewhat prevalent: There's a bug going around (1960s+)
  3. Any fault or defect in a machine, plans, system, etc: You've got to get the bugs out of the program before trying to run it on the computer (1870s+)
  4. Any small, cheap item sold by a vendor or huckster (1800s+ Circus & carnival)
  5. A joker or a wild card (1940s+ Poker)
  6. A girl: Boys prowl for ''bugs'' (1960s+ Teenagers)
  7. A semiautomatic or automatic radiotelegraph key used for fast sending (1920s+ Radio operators)
  8. Any small symbol or label, such as a copyright or trademark symbol (1950s+ Print shop)
  9. An asterisk printed beside the weight a horse is to carry, showing that a five-pound decrease has been granted because the jockey is an apprentice (1940s+ Horse racing)
  10. An apprentice jockey who has ridden his or her maiden race during the current year or has not yet won his or her fortieth race (1940s+ Horse racing)
  11. A horse that has never won a race; maiden (1940s+ Horse racing)
  12. A hot rod (1950s+ Hot rodders)
  13. A small foreign car, esp the Volkswagen Beetle2 (1919+)
  14. A small two-person lunar excursion vehicle (1960s+ Astronautics)
  15. An enthusiast; devotee; hobbyist; fan, nut: Momma's a football bug (1841+)
  16. A compelling idea or interest: His bug is surf-casting (1900+)
  17. An insane person; nut: Only a bug is strong enough for that (1880s+)
  18. An irrational, touchy mood; bad mood (1930s+ Prison)
  19. A psychiatrist (1950s+ Prison)
  20. A confidential message or signal; confidential information (1925+ Underworld)
  21. A burglar alarm (1920s+ Underworld)
  22. Small hidden listening devices for surveillance: The team planted bugs in about six flowerpots (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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