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

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Curry Fest Florida Quick history lesson: During the 19th Century and into the early 20th, the British imported Indians to the West Indies to work on sugar plantations as indentured servants. Trevor Fraser,, "Date Night: Take a culture hop," 12 July 2018 Black women, caught between the threats of war and re-enslavement on the plantation, were on the front lines of ending slavery. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Black Women's Labor in America Has Always Been Exploited," 7 Aug. 2018 That quirk has origins in colonial times, when the British wanted to encourage trading centers between the vast plantations. Washington Post, "2 cities share name, but 1 is in big trouble," 6 July 2018 Today, the plantations are replaced by streets, such as Celery Avenue. Ellie Rushing,, "Florida towns' claims to fame: We're No. 1," 3 July 2018 Also, Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy return to Angelville, the Louisiana plantation where Jesse was raised, and find that old grudges and deadly obligations await them. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of June 24-30," 23 June 2018 Tribun News Video screenshot The plantation is located near a rocky area of the Indonesian island, with caves and cliffs locals believe to be home to many giant reticulated pythons, the Associated Press reported. Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "A woman in Indonesia went to check her corn — and was swallowed by a 25-foot python," 16 June 2018 George’s connection to the slave plantation is revealed gradually, momentously. The Economist, "Kevin Powers has written a harrowing, resonant civil war novel," 6 June 2018 Scroll down for a rare look inside the historic plantation, and visit for more information. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Stunning 300-Year-Old Charleston Plantation For Sale on Johns Island," 7 May 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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