plan·​ta·​tion plan-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce plantation (audio)
: a usually large group of plants and especially trees under cultivation
: a settlement in a new country or region
Plymouth Plantation
: a place that is planted or under cultivation
: an agricultural estate usually worked by resident labor

Examples of plantation in a Sentence

the struggling plantation almost failed during the first winter
Recent Examples on the Web Sugar, since the days of plantation slavery through today, has owned one of the worst track records for barbaric labor practices. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 In recent decades, however, their tropical forest homes have been slashed for timber and cleared to create palm oil plantations, especially in Malaysia and Indonesia. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Mar. 2024 Bamboo the restaurant was once Bamboo the hotel, housing sugar-cane plantation workers more than 100 years ago. Tom Bentley, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024 Often, Williams collects the earth from historically important sites of loss in the African diaspora: plantations of the American South, street corners where Black trans women were murdered or the banks of a river that became a thoroughfare for the domestic slave trade. Zachary Small, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Everywhere people bathe along the river’s hundreds of ghats (stone steps), many hop bamboo-platformed ferry boats, prayers and music ring out from towns behind jute plantations. Alex Greggery, Robb Report, 7 Mar. 2024 Yellow Rose: plantation pineapple rum, Velho Barreiro Cachaca, banana greek yogurt, spiced coconut, pineapple, and lime. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Mar. 2024 Myanmar’s democratic transition under Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi further curtailed the region’s role in drugs, with U.N.-backed crop substitution programs transforming crimson poppy fields into fruit orchards and tea plantations. TIME, 21 Mar. 2024 Staying at the latter, the biggest plantation on the island, sensitively restored six years ago, is to get under the skin of life here, sharing the rambling, faded grandeur of the compound with a resident community. Catherine Fairweather, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Plantation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


plan·​ta·​tion plan-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce plantation (audio)
: a group of plants and especially trees planted and cared for
: a settlement in a new country or region : colony
: a planted area
especially : an agricultural estate worked by laborers

Geographical Definition


geographical name

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

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