[ih-stab-lish-muh nt]
  1. the act or an instance of establishing.
  2. the state or fact of being established.
  3. something established; a constituted order or system.
  4. (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.
  5. (often initial capital letter) the dominant group in a field of endeavor, organization, etc. (usually preceded by the): the literary Establishment.
  6. a household; place of residence including its furnishings, grounds, etc.
  7. a place of business together with its employees, merchandise, equipment, etc.
  8. a permanent civil, military, or other force or organization.
  9. an institution, as a school, hospital, etc.
  10. the recognition by a state of a church as the state church.
  11. the church so recognized, especially the Church of England.
  12. Archaic. a fixed or settled income.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the act of establishing or state of being established
    1. a business organization or other large institution
    2. the place where a business is carried on
  2. the staff and equipment of a commercial or other organization
  3. the approved size, composition, and equipment of a military unit, government department, business division, etc, as formally promulgated
  4. any large organization, institution, or system
  5. a household or place of residence
  6. a body of employees or servants
  7. (modifier) belonging to or characteristic of the Establishment; orthodox or conservativethe establishment view of history


  1. 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 re-establishment



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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