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

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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When not in Dallas, the couple frequently retreat to their 16th-century hacienda in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Kathryn O'shea-evans, House Beautiful, "Michelle Nussbaumer Designed Our 2019 Kitchen(s) of the Year," 9 Sep. 2019 This is a Cadillac among guest ranches, with 43 luxury rooms and suites (plus a five-bedroom hacienda) that attracts guests from around the world. Janet Fullwood, The Mercury News, "Arizona getaway: Dude ranches, horses and Wild West adventure," 26 Aug. 2019 Also in the neighborhood is Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City, a luxurious hacienda-style property set near the grand boulevard of Paseo de la Reforma. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Colonia Juárez, Mexico City’s Hottest Neighborhood," 3 July 2019 The former Hearst estate centers on a hacienda-style home dating to the early 1930s. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Hot Property Newsletter: Summertime, and the livin’ is easy," 29 June 2019 During a stay at a traditional hacienda, get an incredibly fresh caffeine fix and witness the daily grind as farmers transform colorful coffee beans into a variety of rich brews. Alena Hadley, National Geographic, "Taste What's Cooking Across the Globe: 10 Edible Trips," 8 Apr. 2019 Tour the historic hacienda with a personal guide, then snorkel and float on the canal that connects the two cenotes. National Geographic, "Visit these breathtaking underwater caves in the Yucatán Peninsula," 31 May 2019 There is also the option to stay back at our hacienda and relax by the pool. National Geographic, "Costa Rica Family Journey: From Rainforest to Coast," 12 June 2019 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

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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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