plantation

[ plan-tey-shuh n ]
/ plænˈteɪ ʃən /

noun

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.
History/Historical.
  1. a colony or new settlement.
  2. the establishment of a colony or new settlement.
Archaic. the planting of seeds, young trees, etc.

adjective

(of clothing, furnishings, etc.) suitable for a plantation or for a tropical or semitropical country.

Nearby words

  1. plantar metatarsal vein,
  2. plantar muscle,
  3. plantar quadrate muscle,
  4. plantar reflex,
  5. plantar wart,
  6. plante,
  7. planter,
  8. planter's punch,
  9. planthopper,
  10. plantigrade

Origin of plantation

1400–50; late Middle English plantacioune < Latin plantātiōn- (stem of plantātiō) “a planting.” See plant (verb), -ation

Related formsplan·ta·tion·like, adjective

Plantation

[ plan-tey-shuh n ]
/ plænˈteɪ ʃən /

noun

a town in S Florida.
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British Dictionary definitions for plantation

plantation

/ (plænˈteɪʃən) /

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for plantation

plantation

n.

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.

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