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

Definition of plantation

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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Examples of plantation in a Sentence

the struggling plantation almost failed during the first winter
Recent Examples on the Web Hannah lived at Bushfield, her family’s plantation, ninety miles from Mount Vernon. Jill Abramson, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 The committee deliberated over whether Springfield was named after Springfield Farm, another plantation, or after the natural springs that were part of the landscape when the county was formed in 1742. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2022 Their father—who grew up poor on a rubber plantation—built palm oil giant IOI Corporation and developer IOI Properties. Jonathan Burgos, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 The structures at the plantation, which features a private residence and multiple sheds, stood in for other parts of the guests' residence, including an outdoor yoga space and more interiors of the guests' building. Quinci Legardye, Marie Claire, 26 Aug. 2021 During the sugarcane boom, Japanese immigrants started selling what became known as shave ice to plantation workers, reported The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 It’s one thing to reckon with hypocrisies in the stories of plantation-owning Virginians like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Ira Stoll, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 This former sugar plantation that dates from the 18th century seamlessly blends historical remnants with its contemporary and nature-based present. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 In turn, the report said, the university profited from loans to Caribbean sugar planters, rum distillers and plantation suppliers, and from investments in cotton manufacturing. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of plantation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Plantation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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

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

Plantation geographical name

Definition of Plantation

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

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