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manufacturer (n.)

1719, "worker in a manufacturing establishment," agent noun from manufacture (v.). Meaning "one who employs workers in manufacturing" is from 1752.

updated on September 21, 2012

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Definitions of manufacturer from WordNet

manufacturer (n.)
a business engaged in manufacturing some product;
Synonyms: maker / manufacturing business
manufacturer (n.)
someone who manufactures something;
Synonyms: producer
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