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

Definition of plantation

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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


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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 But so was the company’s namesake, William Lever, the British soap magnate who was deeply concerned with his workers’ welfare at home (though considerably less so on his plantations in Africa). Heather Landy, Quartz at Work, "Five books to read now about the purpose of companies," 18 Dec. 2019 Number three was Cocke’s Prolific dent corn, bred by a friend of Thomas Jefferson, John Hartwell Cocke, on his plantation in central Virginia. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "A once-famous, long-lost corn variety returns from the dead," 27 Nov. 2019 Kakuzi, a big British agricultural firm, and Del Monte Kenya, which grows 13,000 acres of pineapples, have faced demands to surrender large chunks of their plantations. The Economist, "A row over who owns Kenya’s land is making life hard for foreign firms," 21 Nov. 2019 His plantation was surrounded by jungles in which all kinds of wild beasts swarmed. Declan Leary, National Review, "Theodore Roosevelt on the Range," 12 Sep. 2019 In Malaysia, fireflies are diminishing because mangroves are being cut down to make way for palm oil plantations and aquaculture farms. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Fireflies face extinction from habitat loss, artificial light and pesticides, study says," 4 Feb. 2020 From a low-flying helicopter, conservationist Marc Ancrenaz peered down at the homogeneous rows of trees in a Borneo palm oil plantation and spotted something that made his heart sink: an orangutan nest. Chris Baraniuk, Scientific American, "Orangutans Are Hanging On in the Same Palm Oil Plantations That Displace Them," 3 Feb. 2020 Torrential downpours break out several times during a journey that takes us past numerous oil palm plantations and deforested jungle. Stefan Lovgren, National Geographic, "This giant stingray could be world's biggest freshwater fish," 24 Dec. 2019 Among its rules: Primary forests cannot be cleared to make room for new palm plantations and growers must abide by fair labor practices. Washington Post, "Can Palm Oil Demand Be Met Without Ruining Rainforests?," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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22 Feb 2020

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“Plantation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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


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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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