manufacturer

A manufacturer is a person or business that makes goods to sell. If you buy a shirt that has a "made in the USA" label, it means that the manufacturer of the shirt is in the United States.

You can use the noun manufacturer for any company (or individual) that makes products, but it's most often used for things made on a very large scale, like cars, appliances, and computers. The word comes from manufacture, which as a noun originally meant "something made by hand," from the Latin roots manus, "hand," and factura, "a working."

Definitions of manufacturer
  1. noun
    someone who manufactures something
    synonyms: producer
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    Cyrus Hall McCormick
    United States inventor and manufacturer of a mechanical harvester (1809-1884)
    John Mercer
    British maker of printed calico cloth who invented mercerizing (1791-1866)
    Isaac Merrit Singer
    United States inventor of an improved chain-stitch sewing machine (1811-1875)
    Eli Whitney
    United States inventor of the mechanical cotton gin (1765-1825)
    Will Keith Kellog
    United States food manufacturer who (with his brother) developed a breakfast cereal of crisp flakes of rolled and toasted wheat and corn; he established a company to manufacture the cereal (1860-1951)
    Alfred Krupp
    German arms manufacturer and son of Friedrich Krupp; his firm provided ordnance for German armies from the 1840s through World War II (1812-1887)
    Peter Paul Mauser
    German arms manufacturer and inventor of a repeating rifle and pistol (1838-1914)
    Charles William Post
    United States manufacturer of breakfast cereals and Postum (1854-1914)
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    arms manufacturer
    someone who manufactures arms and munitions
    brewer
    the owner or manager of a brewery
    distiller
    someone who distills alcoholic liquors
    food manufacturer
    a person who manufactures food products
    sericulturist
    a producer of raw silk
    type of:
    maker, shaper
    a person who makes things
  2. noun
    a business engaged in manufacturing some product
    synonyms: maker, manufacturing business
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    armorer, armourer
    a manufacturer of firearms
    bottler
    a manufacturer that makes and bottles beverages
    auto maker, auto manufacturer, automaker, car maker, car manufacturer, carmaker
    a business engaged in the manufacture of automobiles
    computer business
    a business that manufactures and sells computers
    type of:
    business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, concern
    a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it
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