General English


  • noun all factories, companies, or processes involved in the manufacturing of products
  • noun a group of companies making the same type of product or offering the same type of service


  • noun a business activity that many people and companies are involved in

Origin & History of “industry”

Industry comes, partly via Old French industrie, from Latin industria, which meant ‘quality of being hard-working, diligence’. This was a derivative of the adjective industrius ‘diligent’, which went back to an Old Latin indostruus, formed from the prefix indu- ‘in’ (see (indigenous)) and the element -struus (a relative of the verb struere ‘build’, from which English gets construct, destroy, etc).