establishment

noun
es·​tab·​lish·​ment | \ i-ˈsta-blish-mənt How to pronounce establishment (audio) \

Definition of establishment

1 : something established: such as
a : a settled arrangement especially : a code of laws
c : a permanent civil or military organization
d : a place of business or residence with its furnishings and staff
e : a public or private institution
2 : an established order of society: such as
a often capitalized : a group of social, economic, and political leaders who form a ruling class (as of a nation)
b often capitalized : a controlling group the literary establishment
3a : the act of establishing
b : the state of being established

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Synonyms for establishment

Synonyms

joint, parlor, place, salon

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Examples of establishment in a Sentence

the establishment of a business the establishment of a scientific fact His novels were disliked by the literary establishment.
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If pets are prohibited at your fine establishment of choice, throw on your fiercest animal-print dress and a collar necklace—in stylish solidarity of your furry friend, of course. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Don’t You...Wear Head-to-Toe Gucci All Day, Every Day," 2 Apr. 2019 Trust me, neither of us frequent this fine L.A. establishment, located next to the Museum of Death. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How EXO's Baekhyun Put His Identity into Privé Alliance," 9 Mar. 2019 But some men are starting to leave the party over its establishment's relentless misogyny. Liz Plank, Glamour, "Why Are Men Still Voting Republican?," 31 Oct. 2018 Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who would be the state’s first black governor, and Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, both defeated more moderate opponents aligned with their parties’ establishment. Julie Pace, The Seattle Times, "Liberal Gillum, Trump-backed DeSantis win Florida primaries," 28 Aug. 2018 The talk of Leonard to the Raptors as a possibility sent bettors to their betting establishments and drove up his odds. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "The Raptors are now co-favorites to acquire Kawhi Leonard," 12 July 2018 Any such inequity or prejudice will be met with swift physical removal from in or around our establishment. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kavasutra Kava Bar pushes back at charges of hate speech, both online and in person, where things got physical," 12 July 2018 And not the question of whether your religious affiliation excuses you from having to serve gay people at your establishment or whether women should have the right to reproductive self-determination). Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Demise of Civil Discourse Has Ruined Alan Dershowitz's Summer Plans," 3 July 2018 Its establishment of a U.S. beer beachhead to tap into the momentum of craft beer differs in strategy from that of mega-brewer Anheuser-Busch. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Guinness looks to tap into craft beer creativity with new US brewery, opening Aug. 3," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of establishment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of establishment was in the 15th century

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establishment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of establishment

: a place or organization where people live or do business
: the act of starting something that will last for a long time
: the act of causing something or someone to be widely known and accepted

establishment

noun
es·​tab·​lish·​ment | \ i-ˈsta-blish-mənt How to pronounce establishment (audio) \

Kids Definition of establishment

1 : the act of founding or of proving
2 : a place where people live or do business

establishment

noun
es·​tab·​lish·​ment

Legal Definition of establishment

1 : something established: as
a : a church recognized by law as the official church of a nation or state and supported by civil authority
b : a permanent civil or military organization
c : a place of residence or especially business with its furnishings and staff
2a : an act of establishing
b : the state of being established

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