[ih-stab-lish-muh nt]


Nearby words

  1. est.,
  2. estab.,
  3. establish,
  4. established,
  5. established church,
  6. establishmentarian,
  7. estafette,
  8. estaing, d',
  9. estamene,
  10. estamin

Origin of establishment

1475–85; 1920–25 for def 4; establish + -ment

Related formsnon·es·tab·lish·ment, noun, adjectivere·es·tab·lish·ment, nounsu·per·es·tab·lish·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for establishment

British Dictionary definitions for establishment



the act of establishing or state of being established
  1. a business organization or other large institution
  2. the place where a business is carried on
the staff and equipment of a commercial or other organization
the approved size, composition, and equipment of a military unit, government department, business division, etc, as formally promulgated
any large organization, institution, or system
a household or place of residence
a body of employees or servants
(modifier) belonging to or characteristic of the Establishment; orthodox or conservativethe establishment view of history



the Establishment a group or class of people having institutional authority within a society, esp those who control the civil service, the government, the armed forces, and the Church: usually identified with a conservative outlook
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Word Origin and History for establishment



late 15c., "settled arrangement," also "income, property," from establish + -ment. Meaning "established church" is from 1731; Sense of "place of business" is from 1832. Meaning "social matrix of ruling people and institutions" is attested occasionally from 1923, current use from 1955.

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