establishment

[ ih-stab-lish-muh nt ]
/ ɪˈstæb lɪʃ mənt /

noun

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
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establishment

/ (ɪˈstæblɪʃmənt) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for establishment (2 of 2)

Establishment

/ (ɪˈstæblɪʃmənt) /

noun

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

establishment


n.

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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