Definition of industrious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʌstriəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʌstriəs//
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working hard; busy synonym hard-working an industrious student She was surrounded by energetic, industrious people. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the sense ‘skilful, clever, ingenious’): from French industrieux or late Latin industriosus, from Latin industria ‘diligence’.
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