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Definition of hacienda

1 : a large estate especially in a Spanish-speaking country : plantation
2 : the main dwelling of a hacienda

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Examples of hacienda in a Sentence

the sugar baron spared no expense in building a grand hacienda on his plantation near Cuernavaca

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An additional 16-acre parcel that included a small 1920s-era hacienda from actor John Travolta was added in 1988, according to filings with the Santa Barbara County Historic Landmarks Advisory Commission. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "California Coast Ranch Linked to Formula One Heavyweight Lists for $110 Million," 13 Feb. 2019 Today, the Paradise Valley resort and its 43 hacienda-style casitas attract both vacationers on the hunt for peace and quiet, and foodies, too. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Our 3,000-square-foot hacienda had a large living room, a master bedroom, a huge screened in porch (with a heavenly swing), and a private plunge pool. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 The hacienda-style property, built in 1914 by a scion of the Morton Salt family, still features original design elements, including 19th-century white oak beams in its updated rooms and common areas. New York Times, "36 Hours in Napa Valley," 21 June 2018 The 6,675-square-foot Spanish-style hacienda has five bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms and was designed by architect Mark Candelaria. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Luxury homes: $2.25M Scottsdale mansion has 900-bottle wine room, theater," 12 Mar. 2018 The 6,864-square-foot house is a modern Santa Fe-style hacienda. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Luxury homes: Restaurant/club owners buy $4.4M Paradise Valley mansion," 21 May 2018 Their home is a combination of textures and a mix of Western and Mexican styles with Moroccan accents, from the warm hacienda feel to the Saltillo floors. Michelle Beaver, azcentral, "Falling in love with Arizona and having the house to prove it," 31 May 2018 When the revolution came, the hacienda was looted, its chapel burned and its water lines shattered. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hacienda

circa 1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hacienda

Spanish, from Old Spanish facienda, from Latin, literally, things to be done, neuter plural of faciendus, gerundive of facere to do — more at do

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English Language Learners Definition of hacienda

: a large estate in a country where people speak Spanish


ha·​ci·​en·​da | \ ˌhä-sē-ˈen-də How to pronounce hacienda (audio) \

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: a large estate especially in a Spanish-speaking country

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