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

For dessert choose watalappan, a version of flan made with coconut milk, and Ceylon tea made from leaves grown on a Sri Lankan plantation. Bill Addison, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Seek out Sri Lankan hoppers and fish curry at Apey Kade in Tarzana," 20 June 2019 Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana A slave cabin from a South Carolina plantation sits among the exhibits at the NMAAHC. National Geographic, "13 destinations for African-American history and culture," 23 May 2019 The case centered on approximately 119 million pounds of uranium ore beneath an old plantation just north of the Virginia-North Carolina border. Washington Post, "Supreme Court upholds Virginia’s decades-old ban on uranium mining," 17 June 2019 Moïse who began going by the moniker Neg Bannan nan, or Banana Man, spoke about his 2,500-acre Agritrans banana plantation in northeast Haiti. miamiherald, "Haiti president accused of embezzlement scheme in government audit of Venezuela aid money," 4 June 2019 An 18th-century plantation of henequen (an agave-like plant), Hacienda Mucuyché is home to two cenotes that supposedly hosted Carlota, a Belgian princess who briefly became Empress of Mexico when Napoleon III named her husband emperor. National Geographic, "Visit these breathtaking underwater caves in the Yucatán Peninsula," 31 May 2019 Christina Bates owns a former plantation known as Huspa in Sheldon, S.C. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Secluded Island Hideaways for America’s Rich and Famous," 23 Aug. 2018 Rousseau’s ideas were not the only influences to shape a society built from the ashes of its old plantations. Joshua Jelly-schapiro, The New York Review of Books, "Picturing Haiti’s Freemasons," 2 June 2018 When Brazil abolished slavery in 1888, at least 4 million slaves had been brought there from Africa to work on sugar plantations and in other sectors of the country's flourishing economy. Karla Mendes, The Christian Science Monitor, "Brazilian descendants of slaves fight for land titles," 6 Mar. 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


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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