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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Kerry was the establishment candidate, Dean was the firebrand outsider with a lot of support from young progressives. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "The Democrats Have Had This Primary Before," 15 Jan. 2020 Charles McMicken's donation of land to Cincinnati after his death was pivotal to the establishment of the University of Cincinnati, according to a Dec. 17 Enquirer article. Sharon Coolidge,, "Mussolini gave Cincinnati a statue. Should it still be in Eden Park?," 7 Jan. 2020 In order to run against the Democratic establishment candidate Joe Crowley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to persuade thousands of voters to register as Democrats eight months before the vote. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Election Bias," 6 Jan. 2020 Would Trump be more vulnerable to a challenge from the party's liberal wing or a candidate tethered to the centrist establishment? Arkansas Online, "Just 7 Democrats on stage for the latest presidential debate," 19 Dec. 2019 In late November, Hometown Coffee and Juice at the northwest corner of Park and Vernon avenues expanded into an adjacent building, adding 900 square feet to the establishment. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Rehabbed coffee shops and a new restaurant highlight downtown Glencoe changes," 2 Dec. 2019 Even as pro-establishment trolls ran a smear campaign against Rahul Bajaj on social media, top ministers, too, tweeted against his comments. Shivam Vij, Quartz India, "Why haven’t others in India Inc questioned the Modi government, like Rahul Bajaj did?," 1 Dec. 2019 In 2015, almost 300 seats were won by pro-establishment candidates now led by controversial Chief Executive Carrie Lam. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong elections draw record turnouts as pro-democracy protesters challenge establishment," 25 Nov. 2019 His work led to the establishment of metal detectors at airports across the country. Peter Fimrite,, "Sheldon Breiner dies; pioneer in magnetometry found 13-ton heads in jungle," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of establishment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jan 2020

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“Establishment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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


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



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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