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
Recent Examples on the Web Named for cattle drivers, the hotel describes itself as a modern hacienda and anchors Mule Alley, the century-old street of horse and mule barns repurposed into shops, restaurants and office spaces. Dallas News, "Need a quick getaway from D-FW? Hotel Lucy in Granbury is fun and stylish," 30 Sep. 2020 Austin was arrested by Captain John Curtin, the Pinkertons’ best man, during dinner with his wife and friends at a sea-front hacienda. Paul Brown, Longreads, "How Four Americans Robbed the Bank of England," 10 Aug. 2020 Designed by pioneering architect Mary Colter, the opulent Spanish-style hacienda was the finest hotel on the Santa Fe line and became a magnet for the rich and famous. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "'We have to enjoy life': Why this iconic Arizona chef is stepping away from the kitchen," 10 Sep. 2020 Vira Vira, set on a working farm, has luxury suites, villas, and a five-bedroom hacienda. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "See the Solar Eclipse From a Helicopter and Shooting Stars From a Hot Tub on the Same Day," 30 Aug. 2020 In courtyards around the hacienda, women carved the skin from the bones and hung it like underwear to dry, men etched out internal organs and tossed them in blue buckets. Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "Telling Stories In Order to Live: On Writing and Money," 10 Aug. 2020 Lunch at a colonial-era hacienda before continuing to Cusco. Jordan Harvey, Travel + Leisure, "Jordan Harvey's 14-day Itinerary to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos," 23 Apr. 2020 The hacienda was controlled by Narciso L. Javelosa, the vice mayor of Sagay City, through a lease with the landowning family, according to the Department of Agrarian Reform. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Philippine Peasants Were Promised Land. Staking a Claim Can Be Deadly.," 27 Dec. 2019 Nine out of 10 homes built for decades after WWII were a version of the architectural style inspired by California’s early haciendas. oregonlive, "Sleek ‘Mad Men’-era, remodeled ranch in Dunthorpe for sale at $1,275,000," 26 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of hacienda was circa 1772

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14 Oct 2020

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“Hacienda.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hacienda. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hacienda

: a large estate in a country where people speak Spanish


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Kids Definition of hacienda

: a large estate especially in a Spanish-speaking country

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