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 His family bequeathed the plantation to South Carolina in 1888, leading to the university’s creation. Michelle Liu, The Christian Science Monitor, "At Clemson, unmarked graves prompt reckoning with slavery legacy," 7 Apr. 2021 To recap the action: A handsome n’er-do-well staying in his friends’ gigantic Southern plantation-style summer house with his hot younger girlfriend kills himself by slitting his wrists. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Big Chill: When Boomers Stumble on the Truth about Their Own Failings," 7 Apr. 2021 There are only limited calls in Georgia, even among the law’s fiercest critics, to upend a springtime ritual at a club that stands on what was once an indigo plantation and did not admit a Black member until 1990. New York Times, "Georgia Is Facing a Political Onslaught. At the Masters, It’s Business as Usual.," 7 Apr. 2021 Its antebellum clubhouse, built in 1854 as the manor house for a plantation. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Paul Daugherty: The Masters experience – with its pedigree, traditions - surpasses all expectation," 6 Apr. 2021 The resort used to function as an 18th century sugar plantation. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Best Room At ... Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort," 4 Apr. 2021 Its cast is made up of rising stars (Thuso Mbedu, Aaron Pierre), the period detailing is meticulous, and the plot—following two slaves who escape a 19th-century plantation—will certainly pack a punch. Radhika Seth, Vogue, "6 Amazon Prime Originals Worth Getting Excited About This Year," 30 Mar. 2021 Wallace said her father was a sharecropper, picking cotton at the plantation. Natasha Chen And Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "Black voter says a painting at Georgia governor's voter bill signing shows the plantation where her family worked for generations," 28 Mar. 2021 But a downturn in cotton and sugar prices in the early 1800s drove the farms into insolvency — and the plantation barons did something unexpected. Washington Post, "A story of slavery — and space," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Plantation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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