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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For starters, there was the extent to which awareness of allergens—particularly gluten—seemed to be woven into Stockholm’s restaurant culture, from signage and staff training at foodservice establishments to menu selection and food quality. SELF, "I'm a Foodie With Celiac Disease. Here's Why I Love Traveling to Sweden," 25 Sep. 2018 The fine-dining establishment on the property, Shore, is a particular draw even for locals. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Curaçao," 8 Jan. 2019 Which is just to say that, in the aggregate, Trump is far from a maniac who the Republican establishment is restraining. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There never were any “adults in the room”," 21 Dec. 2018 The establishment also was operating with an expired prepaid funeral and cemetery sales registration. Corey Williams, The Seattle Times, "Police to file criminal complaint after fetus remains found," 16 Oct. 2018 Is the media establishment colluding with intelligence resistance to try and take down President Trump? Fox News, "Former top intelligence officials come to Brennan's defense," 18 Aug. 2018 So what about the districts where the Democratic establishment is carrying the day? NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 1, 2018," 1 July 2018 While the establishment was touting people like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, the base was responding to Trump's dystopic and angry vision of the state of the country. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Tuesday's results show the dangers of crossing Donald Trump," 13 June 2018 The establishment in Washington was happy to have our votes, but not to follow our agenda,’’ said Huelskamp, who lost a primary election in 2016 to a political newcomer and now runs the conservative Heartland Institute. Lisa Mascaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Much-ballyhooed Tea Party class of House GOP fades," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of establishment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

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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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