es·tab·lish·ment | \i-ˈsta-blish-mənt \

Definition of establishment 

1 : something established: such as

a : a settled arrangement especially : a code of laws

b : established church

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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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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The Pennsylvania grants will in some cases pay for the establishment and expansion of programs that prepare teachers and principals with a full-year residency., "The teacher supply is plummeting. Pa. will spend $2M to stem the tide," 12 July 2018 Ultimately, the president settled on Kavanaugh, the establishment favorite. CBS News, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh named Trump's second Supreme Court justice - live updates," 9 July 2018 Blueprints for the establishment at 1400 Park St., modeled after Manhattan’s Chelsea Market and Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market Hall, are being finalized and an opening is planned for the first quarter of 2019. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Parkville Market Project Attracting Substantial Interest From Food Vendors, Restaurants Around Hartford," 3 July 2018 Though largely a victory for the state’s Republican establishment, the ruling was based on the relatively unique legal circumstances in the Texas challenge, not on a broad review of racial or political gerrymandering that some reformers have sought. Kevin Diaz, San Antonio Express-News, "Supreme Court give Texas partial victory in racial gerrymandering case, state must redraw one district," 29 June 2018 In a major upset for the Democratic Party establishment, Rep. Joe Crowley of New York lost his primary election Tuesday, unseated by a young progressive newcomer who reflects restiveness in the left wing of the party. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unseats Incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in New York Primary," 26 June 2018 The desire to protect the massive trees is said to be the inspiration for the establishment of the national park system. Peter Fimrite,, "Mariposa Grove, Yosemite’s haven for giant sequoias, restored and ready for visitors," 13 June 2018 Merkel has repeatedly called for a strengthening of the World Trade Organization and for the establishment of mechanisms aimed at preventing future trade disputes. Arne Delfs,, "G-7 Leaders Race to Salvage Consensus," 8 June 2018 Mikie Sherrill, a former federal prosecutor, Navy pilot, and current Democratic establishment favorite, bested a field of party rivals in the race to replace retiring Republican Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen. Steve Peoples,, "Democrats looking ahead as 8 states go to polls for primaries," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of establishment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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es·tab·lish·ment | \i-ˈsta-blish-mənt \

Kids Definition of establishment

1 : the act of founding or of proving

2 : a place where people live or do business



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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