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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Convict leasing really supplanted slavery, because a lot of white plantation owners and people who were building railroads, or mining would pay money to these jailers, to lease these black prisoners to work on railroads, to work on mines. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "A mass incarceration expert says the 2018 prison strike could be “one of the largest the country has ever seen”," 22 Aug. 2018 CatchMark Timber Trust alongside British Columbia Investment Management Corp closed a $1.4 billion deal to acquire 1.1 million acres of Texas timberland Tuesday, while New Forests also invested in New Zealand Forestry plantations. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Tuesday, July 10," 10 July 2018 Pine plantations stand sentinel along two-lane roads where cows graze next to one-room churches. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's highest point - Timm's Hill - is a quiet escape away from everything," 5 July 2018 Swamp-boat adventure and plantations full-day tour from New Orleans. 6. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Really? Hoover Dam is the 4th best travel experience in America?," 3 July 2018 Among the items on the plantation’s menu were crabmeat casseroles, oyster gumbos and salmon mousse. Amanda Cargill, Smithsonian, "What Did the Founding Fathers Eat and Drink as They Started a Revolution?," 3 July 2018 The 3,000-odd residents of the former sawmill-and -sugar-plantation town are so familiar with one another that their dogs run free on its streets. Katia Dmitrieva,, "In Louisiana, Trump’s Trade War Spooks America’s Biggest Port," 27 June 2018 The story of why in the briefest possible terms: Farming declined during Puerto Rico’s days as a Spanish colony, when native agriculture ceded to large colonial plantations. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "The Young Farmers Behind Puerto Rico’s Food Revolution," 20 June 2018 The country’s westward expansion, devastating to Native Americans, was partly driven by the desire for more land for plantations. Jerry Large, The Seattle Times, "Seattle collection of rare artifacts reveals America’s past and present, and how little we know," 18 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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