plan·ta·tion | \ plan-ˈtā-shən \

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: Noun


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Examples of plantation in a Sentence


the struggling plantation almost failed during the first winter

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The myriad changes at Monticello, including Barnes’ forthcoming leadership, the Hemings exhibition, and a more inclusive narrative of the plantation, come at a critical time in the country. Samantha Willis, Glamour, "Thomas Jefferson Owned Hundreds of Slaves. Now, a Black Woman Will Run His Foundation.," 29 June 2018 White learned that Peter and his wife, Betsy, enslaved at Thomas Mann Randolph’s Edgehill plantation, named one of their children Sally, after Peter’s sister. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Oral History Project Grounds Story of Monticello in the Lives of the Enslaved," 27 June 2018 White learned that Peter and his wife, Betsy, enslaved at Thomas Mann Randolph’s Edgehill plantation, named one of their children Sally, after Peter’s sister. Andrew M. Davenport, Smithsonian, "Putting Enslaved Families’ Stories Back in the Monticello Narrative," 14 June 2018 His empire, which runs almost all the main seaports in the region as well as several dry ports, airports and railroads, also extends to palm-oil plantations, marketing companies and television., "How Befriending African Leaders Backfired on French Billionaire," 27 Apr. 2018 Since the September 11, 2001, attacks, which led to tighter control along the U.S.-Mexico border, marijuana plantations have been on the rise in forests across the northern part of the state. Johnny Magdaleno, Newsweek, "Mexican Drug Cartels May Use Legal Marijuana to Increase Their Presence in Northern California," 10 Jan. 2018 Thomas Jefferson and George Washington built breweries on their plantations. John Perritano, Popular Mechanics, "How the Founding Fathers Made Their Beer," 25 June 2013 The circa 1783 house built by Major Thomas Snowden and his bride, Anne, surrounded by large trees and boxwoods, rises from what was once a 9,000-acre plantation. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "Montpelier Mansion celebrating and fundraising," 22 June 2018 At Majada Blanca, a goat-herding community north of Los Tomes, three 150-square-metre fog catchers feed a plantation of young olive trees, a splash of green in the brown scrub. The Economist, "The feisty fog-catchers of Chile," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of plantation


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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