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plantation

[plan-tey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. a group of planted trees or plants.
  3. History/Historical.
    1. a colony or new settlement.
    2. the establishment of a colony or new settlement.
  4. Archaic. the planting of seeds, young trees, etc.
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adjective
  1. (of clothing, furnishings, etc.) suitable for a plantation or for a tropical or semitropical country.
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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]
noun
  1. a town in S Florida.
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Related Words

ranch, estate, orchard, homestead, hacienda, vineyard, farmstead

Examples from the Web for plantation

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Historical Examples

  • What was to become of the slaves on this plantation now that the master was dead?

  • This was my position on the plantation a short time after school was out for the term.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • There was plenty to do on the plantation, and there was no good cause for sending me away.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • I told him I belonged to a man by the name of Potts, and that I was going to his plantation.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • I did not stop to put on my clothes until I had got two or three miles from the plantation.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson


British Dictionary definitions for plantation

plantation

noun
  1. an estate, esp in tropical countries, where cash crops such as rubber, oil palm, etc, are grown on a large scale
  2. a group of cultivated trees or plants
  3. (formerly) a colony or group of settlers
  4. rare the planting of seeds, shoots, etc
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Word Origin and History for 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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