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

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 The film, macabre and atmospheric from start to finish, relocates the classic folklore to an isolated hacienda in a Mexican village where a young woman has returned to bury her aunt. Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Aug. 2023 She was born on May 29, 1917 and grew up in a hacienda in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Natalia Torija Nieto, ELLE Decor, 28 Sep. 2022 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

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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 17 Apr. 2024.

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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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