- a usually large farm or estate, especially in a tropical or semitropical country, on which cotton, tobacco, coffee, sugar cane, or the like is cultivated, usually by resident laborers.
- a group of planted trees or plants.
- a colony or new settlement.
- the establishment of a colony or new settlement.
- Archaic. the planting of seeds, young trees, etc.
- (of clothing, furnishings, etc.) suitable for a plantation or for a tropical or semitropical country.
Origin of plantation
- a town in S Florida.
Examples from the Web for plantation
Hamer married in 1944 and moved with her husband to Ruleville, Miss., where they were sharecroppers on a plantation.Remembering Civil Rights Heroine Fannie Lou Hamer: 'I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired'
Lottie L. Joiner
September 2, 2014
After firing that off, he clumsily asked what a plantation mentality is.
“I think you have more of a plantation mentality than I do,” he said.
Located in northern California, the Plantation Farm Camp takes everything back to the basics.The Wildest Summer Camps for Kids
April 28, 2014
Mississippi was “probably the worst, because of its plantation aristocracy.”Can a Senator Stop a Union? Bob Corker Is Certainly Trying
February 14, 2014
What was to become of the slaves on this plantation now that the master was dead?Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
I did not stop to put on my clothes until I had got two or three miles from the plantation.
There was plenty to do on the plantation, and there was no good cause for sending me away.
On going to them I found a resting-place in a fodder-loft, in the horse-lot of the plantation.
This was my position on the plantation a short time after school was out for the term.
- an estate, esp in tropical countries, where cash crops such as rubber, oil palm, etc, are grown on a large scale
- a group of cultivated trees or plants
- (formerly) a colony or group of settlers
- rare the planting of seeds, shoots, etc
Word Origin and History for plantation
mid-15c., "action of planting," from Middle French plantation, from Latin plantationem (nominative plantatio) "a planting," noun of action from past participle stem of plantare "to plant" (see plant). Historically used for "colony, settlement in a new land" (1610s); meaning "large farm on which tobacco or cotton is grown" is first recorded 1706.