Definition of filature in US English:



  • 1An establishment where silk is obtained from silkworm cocoons.

    • ‘In my work as factory inspector, one of the most miserable experiences was to see the incredible torture of the young children working on the then existing system in silk filatures.’
    • ‘Nearly every peasant household in the area engaged in cocoon production for the urban-based silk filatures.’
    • ‘Lynda Bell's meticulous study looks at the peasant families which carried out the earliest stages of silk production, the rearing of the cocoons and the preparation of the silk filament in filatures.’
    1. 1.1 The process of obtaining silk thread from silkworm cocoons.
      • ‘Her detailed, painstaking research examines every aspect of the cocoon-producing and filature business.’


Mid 18th century: from French, from Italian filatura, from filare ‘to spin’.