ha·​ci·​en·​da | \ˌ(h)ä-sē-ˈen-də \

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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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 Like most haciendas in the Yucatán, Huayamon — a 20-minute drive from the city — was founded in the 18th century (although most of its buildings date to the 19th century) to cultivate and process henequen, a tough fiber made from a variety of agave. Michael Snyder, New York Times, "In Campeche, Pyramids Are Everywhere. Crowds Are Not," 2 Feb. 2018 The house is a modern hacienda farmhouse and comes with a 837-square-foot guest house. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "This $4.1 million Scottsdale mansion has views of Pinnacle Peak," 28 May 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 \

Kids Definition of hacienda

: a large estate especially in a Spanish-speaking country

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