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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Rather, Trump’s brand will flourish as he further rebels against the establishment. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump Won’t Hesitate to Tear It All Down," 28 May 2018 The motion by prosecutors said that the law applies to people who regularly appear nude at a particular establishment, but that Clifford had not appeared at the club consistently., "Charges dropped against Stormy Daniels in strip club arrest," 13 July 2018 But the perception that the cuisine at fast casual establishments is healthier than fast food may or may not be accurate., "The 4 Healthiest Menu Items at Panera Bread (Plus 3 Things to Avoid)," 13 July 2018 Cole is an audacious young African-American director, much inclined to throw rocks at the theatrical establishment. Chicago Tribune,, "11 recommended shows to see right now," 12 July 2018 Employees at both establishments told a reporter the young men pose no threat or disrespect; neither would give their name. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Tensions rise between D.C. police, group that gathers in Northeast neighborhood," 28 June 2018 Surveillance video showed two males walk into a Denny’s restaurant near Barna's home two days earlier after parking the same Buick at the establishment, ABC 13 reported. Crystal Hill, star-telegram, "Teens stole woman’s car, cops say. Police found her decomposing body in her garage," 26 June 2018 Though the two have no affiliation and share only the same name, Sanders defenders directed their anger at the Washington, D.C., establishment nonetheless. Colleen Shalby,, "Trump supporters unleash anger at the wrong Red Hen restaurant. Why the law sets the two apart," 25 June 2018 Friday Night Live hosts over eight stages of entertainment downtown, 337 W. Main St., Waukesha, at establishments like People's Park and the Waukesha Civic Theatre. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Looking to enjoy some music out on the town? Check out Friday Night Live in downtown Waukesha this summer.," 25 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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