[ plan-ter, plahn- ]
/ ˈplæn tər, ˈplɑn- /


a person who plants.
an implement or machine for planting seeds in the ground.
the owner or manager of a plantation.
History/Historical. a colonist or new settler.
a decorative container, of a variety of sizes and shapes, for growing flowers or ornamental plants.

Origin of planter

First recorded in 1350–1400, planter is from the Middle English word plaunter. See plant, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for planter


/ (ˈplɑːntə) /


the owner or manager of a plantation
a machine designed for rapid, uniform, and efficient planting of seeds in the ground
a colonizer or settler
a decorative pot or stand for house plants
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Word Origin and History for planter



"one who sows seeds," late 14c., agent noun from plant (v.). Mechanical sense by 1850. Meaning "proprietor of a cultivated estate in West Indies or southern colonies of North America" is from 1640s, hence planter's punch (1924). Meaning "a pot for growing plants" recorded by 1959.

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