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 for plantation

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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Close to 30 million real trees are sold each year in the U.S., almost all from tree plantations, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "Cutting your own Christmas tree: a day of family traditions on a North Bend farm," 8 Dec. 2018 Rohrmoser’s favorite service is the chocolate body wrap, which is fitting given how many cacao plantations are scattered about the region. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "An Artists’ Guide to the Paradisiacal Beach Town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica," 2 Jan. 2019 Louisiana's grand plantation homes showcase this most extensively, where the kitchen and servants' quarters were on the ground level, and the owner's main living areas were a full story off the ground. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "A Look At French Colonial Architecture, The Star Style Of New Orleans," 21 Dec. 2018 In the sneak peek of this week's episode below, the Frasers arrive at Jamie's aunt Jocasta's house, a plantation in North Carolina known as River Run. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Sneak Peek: Jamie's Aunt Jocasta Welcomes the Frasers to River Run," 7 Nov. 2018 The endowment has been reevaluating its investments in farms and forests, writing down the value of the portfolio by $1.1 billion to $2.9 billion last year and selling properties including a portion of a eucalyptus plantation in Uruguay., "Harvard land ownership in Brazil in dispute," 24 Apr. 2018 Coffee plants on a Brazilian plantation in Machado, Minas Gerais state, earlier this year. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Low Coffee-Bean Prices Brew Trouble for Farmers," 19 Dec. 2018 Jocasta is the owner of a vast plantation called River Run in North Carolina, made wealthy by the sale of tobacco, lumber, and turpentine and based on the work of slaves. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4's Second Episode," 12 Nov. 2018 Outlander's attempt to navigate Claire and Jamie's time on his aunt's plantation is complicated, nuanced, and not always succesful—but this episode covered a lot of ground. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 4 Episode 2: Claire and Jamie Face the Realities of Life in America," 12 Nov. 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


plan·​ta·​tion | \ plan-ˈtā-shən \

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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