- the act or an instance of establishing.
- the state or fact of being established.
- something established; a constituted order or system.
- (often initial capital letter) the existing power structure in society; the dominant groups in society and their customs or institutions; institutional authority (usually preceded by the): The Establishment believes exploring outer space is worth any tax money spent.
- (often initial capital letter) the dominant group in a field of endeavor, organization, etc. (usually preceded by the): the literary Establishment.
- a household; place of residence including its furnishings, grounds, etc.
- a place of business together with its employees, merchandise, equipment, etc.
- a permanent civil, military, or other force or organization.
- an institution, as a school, hospital, etc.
- the recognition by a state of a church as the state church.
- the church so recognized, especially the Church of England.
- Archaic. a fixed or settled income.
Origin of establishment
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Examples from the Web for establishment
Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.Harry Shearer on The Dangerous Business of Satire
January 8, 2015
Two factors made Hiram Revels especially interesting to the Washington establishment.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate
January 7, 2015
Ironically, the play deals with the ‘management’ of information by the Establishment.Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play
January 4, 2015
Before his writing days, London used the Oakland establishment to conduct his studies.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
They would not, for example, supersede federal law regarding the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment.A Field General in the War on Christmas
December 24, 2014
We should encourage the establishment of American steamship lines.
But there, as well as in the House, the Irish Establishment was doomed.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
There was no such person connected with their establishment.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Her establishment was not only diminished, but her servants reduced to half-pay.Handel
Edward J. Dent
Mrs. Hallam was waiting and watching for some one to enter or to leave that establishment.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- the act of establishing or state of being established
- a business organization or other large institution
- 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
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