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


the struggling plantation almost failed during the first winter

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her plantation owner ordered the autopsy to prove his innocence and he was eventually exonerated. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 Her attempt to save Rufus, bringing him back to River Run, operating on him on Jocasta’s dining room table nearly brings disaster to the plantation and threatens to land Jamie and Claire in jail. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4's Second Episode," 12 Nov. 2018 In Season 3, Jesse brings his ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire to the Louisiana plantation where he was raised, where more strangeness awaits. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Parts Unknown’ and the BET Awards," 24 June 2018 Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, and Joseph Gilgun return for a 10-episode third season that takes Cooper’s title character, Jesse Custer, back to the Louisiana plantation where he was raised. Ellen Gray,, "Summer TV: Dragon-free but still plenty to see," 6 June 2018 Visitors to this Federal-style plantation are immediately struck by its grand, double staircase designed by James Hoban, the architect of the White House. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Jaw-Dropping Lowcountry Estate is Available for $8.5 Million," 1 June 2018 Sometimes, though, it gets diverted entirely to sugar plantations while the wheat fields and almond trees die. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, "Exclusive: Facebook Opens Up About False News," 23 May 2018 Her only goal is to return home to her mother’s plantation. Katie Ward Beim-esche, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Dread Nation' is a rollicking 'Gone With the Wind + Zombies' adventure," 20 Apr. 2018 As many of 30 African Americans were taken to Meaher's plantation, many of whom remained in the area after they were freed. Leada Gore,, "What is the Clotilda? Last slave ship to bring humans to US may have been found on Alabama shore," 23 Jan. 2018

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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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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 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

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a strong desire or propensity

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