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

Noun the struggling plantation almost failed during the first winter
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun King lives with his wife and two daughters in Silver Spring, less than 25 miles from where his ancestors were enslaved on a plantation in Gaithersburg. Washington Post, "John B. King, former Obama education secretary, running for Maryland governor," 20 Apr. 2021 Tubman was born into slavery in 1820 on a plantation on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Tim Prudente,, "Maryland senators reintroduce bill to install statue of Harriet Tubman in the U.S. Capitol," 10 Mar. 2021 Icon asks the thought-provoking question, what if a similar ship had instead crash-landed on a slave plantation in the South? Christian Holub,, "The EW reading guide to Milestone's classic Black superhero comics," 18 Feb. 2021 By 2019, photos of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ 2012 wedding on a plantation were banned from Pinterest; the couple apologized for the wedding in 2020. Ariana Romero,, "The Bachelor Has Another Racism Controversy. Don’t Let Chris Harrison Tell You It’s Normal," 11 Feb. 2021 As Nora McGreevy wrote for Smithsonian magazine at the time, the ride was originally based on the 1946 movie Song of the South, which features romanticized, stereotypical depictions of black servants on a plantation in post-Civil War Georgia. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Disney Will Remove Jungle Cruise Ride’s Colonialist Depictions of Indigenous Africans," 27 Jan. 2021 He was transported to the West Indies, where he was enslaved on a plantation in Grenada. Megan Specia, New York Times, "Abolitionist Is Earliest Black Londoner Honored With Blue Plaque," 20 Nov. 2020 Taylor returned to private life and settled with his wife Margaret (who went by Peggy) on a plantation in Feliciana Parish near Baton Rouge. Blake Pontchartrain,, "Blakeview: Zachary Taylor, the only U.S. president to call Louisiana home," 2 Nov. 2020 Reynolds and his wife, actress Blake Lively, have been criticized for their 2012 wedding that took place on a plantation. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Ryan Reynolds launches diversity program to give people of color production experience," 31 July 2020

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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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5 May 2021

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“Plantation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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