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company town

a town whose inhabitants are mainly dependent on one company for employment, housing, supplies, etc.
1930-35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • While some lived in dormitories in the company town, local inhabitants walked through farms and woods to get to the mine.
  • The commissary is one of the buildings remaining from the once thriving company town.
  • Following the war, the company town was privatized and incorporated.
  • Control was the key to life in a company town, and certain aspects of life were dictated by the coal mine owners.
  • See exhibits about a mill worker's life in a company town.
British Dictionary definitions for company town

company town

(US & Canadian) a town built by a company for its employees
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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