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 Many of the plots were developed by wealthy families in England who were also plantation owners and colonists in what would become America. Jessica Ferri, Washington Post, 25 June 2024 Camellia sinensis: Labor and the Tea Plant Consumed as tea around the world, Camellia sinensis raises questions about plantation labor practices and the environmental impact of monocultures. JSTOR Daily, 24 June 2024 Louis’ identity in the novel — as a white plantation owner in Louisiana — was flipped into a Black, closeted, Creole businessman running a brothel in New Orleans. Ben Travers, IndieWire, 23 June 2024 The chair, made of wood sourced from the plantation estates of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, is modeled after a pre-existing style of chair connected to the Dan people of West Africa. Kaila Philo, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for plantation 

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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 12 Jul. 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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