ha·​ci·​en·​da ˌ(h)ä-sē-ˈen-də How to pronounce hacienda (audio)
: a large estate especially in a Spanish-speaking country : plantation
: the main dwelling of a hacienda

Example Sentences

the sugar baron spared no expense in building a grand hacienda on his plantation near Cuernavaca
Recent Examples on the Web Bernal’s father, Pablo, 68, who co-owns the hacienda with several family members, also joined them, as did her two Italian greyhounds, Simón and Lucas. Jason Chen Paulina Fi Garduño, New York Times, 1 Dec. 2022 Originally built in 1923 as stables for Edward Drummond Libbey, who made his fortune in glassware, the hacienda is one of the earliest works by Neff, best known as the designer of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks’s mansion, Pickfair. ELLE Decor, 18 Nov. 2022 The hacienda of the late movie star Leo Carrillo will be adorned with traditional Dia de los Muertos decorations honoring those who have died. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Oct. 2022 Patron has its own made from agave grown on the grounds surrounding its hacienda, and Codigo 1530 recently launched its new high-end Estate Harvest Still Strength Blanco. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 28 Nov. 2022 More than 20 years ago Michelle and her husband Bernard purchased a hacienda in San Miguel de Allende and named it Buena Fe. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 9 Oct. 2022 The dinner brought Latinx artists, designers, chefs, athletes, musicians and more under one roof at Casa De Plata, an hacienda-style abode by designed by Luis Barragán protege, Ricardo Legorreta. Carlos Jaramillo, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2022 If a bottle of this speciality rum isn’t enough, surprise dad with a trip to the hacienda to turn a singular gift into the trip of a lifetime. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Guests can earn and redeem Hilton Honors points while staying in one of nearly two dozen hacienda-style villas and rooms. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 10 July 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hacienda was circa 1772

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“Hacienda.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hacienda. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


ha·​ci·​en·​da ˌ(h)äs-ē-ˈen-də How to pronounce hacienda (audio)
: a large estate in Spanish-speaking countries

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