plan·​ta·​tion | \ plan-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce plantation (audio) \

Definition of plantation

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually large group of plants and especially trees under cultivation
2 : a settlement in a new country or region Plymouth Plantation
3a : a place that is planted or under cultivation
b : an agricultural estate usually worked by resident labor


geographical name

Definition of Plantation (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southeastern Florida west of Fort Lauderdale population 84,955

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Synonyms for plantation

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of plantation in a Sentence

Noun the struggling plantation almost failed during the first winter
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Norton’s activism was borne of her upbringing in the District, a segregated city to which her great-grandfather, Richard Holmes, migrated after escaping from a Virginia plantation. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "For Eleanor Holmes Norton, new urgency for long-fought battles," 10 July 2020 Born on a slave plantation in Montgomery County, Kentucky, Green had the lively personality and cooking skills Davis sought. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Aunt Jemima model Nancy Green didn't create the brand," 30 June 2020 In the Disney adaptation, Uncle Remus—a Black man living on a Georgian plantation—regales a young white boy with stories of a trickster hare, Br’er Rabbit, and his dimwitted nemesis, Br’er Fox. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Why one Disney park might keep Splash Mountain’s controversial theme, which critics call ‘racist’," 29 June 2020 The film, which has been locked way inside Disney’s vaults for decades, has been criticized for romanticizing life on a Southern plantation during Reconstruction. cleveland, "Disney to retheme Splash Mountain as New Adventures with Princess Tiana," 25 June 2020 Angola takes its name from a plantation that once occupied the land on which it was set, in a deep bend of the Mississippi River. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Inside the U.S.’s Largest Maximum-Security Prison, COVID-19 Raged. Outside, Officials Called Their Fight a Success.," 24 June 2020 Calhoun, who was vice president under the John Quincy Adams administration, was a slave owner, an advocate of slavery and even owned a plantation on land where the campus stands today, according to Clemson's bio page of Calhoun. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Clemson removes John C. Calhoun's name from honors college," 12 June 2020 Mill Springs Court offers recent updates, such as fresh paint and light fixtures, along with custom millwork, plantation shutters and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Dallas News, "Firm’s Southlake office can help find your ‘dream home’," 12 July 2020 The hotel’s 45 guest rooms nod to the surrounding gardens with floral wallpaper and curtains and have plantation shutters that open to the glorious lake views. John Wogan, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 10 Resort Hotels in the Midwest," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of plantation


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of plantation was in the 15th century

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27 Jul 2020

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“Plantation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plantation

: a large area of land especially in a hot part of the world where crops (such as cotton) are grown
: a group of trees that have been planted together


plan·​ta·​tion | \ plan-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce plantation (audio) \

Kids Definition of plantation

1 : a large area of land where crops are grown and harvested
2 : a settlement in a new country or region

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