plant·​er | \ˈplan-tər \

Definition of planter 

1 : one that cultivates plants: such as

a(1) : farmer

(2) : one who owns or operates a plantation

b : a planting machine or implement

2 : one who settles or founds a place and especially a new colony

3 : a container in which ornamental plants are grown

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Synonyms & Antonyms for planter


agriculturist (or agriculturalist), agronomist, cultivator, farmer, grower, tiller



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Examples of planter in a Sentence

She bought a planter to put on their deck. a wealthy South American planter

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Summer annuals to consider for a holiday planter: Victoria blue or white salvia (S. farinacea). Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plant your red, white and blue," 3 July 2018 While middle class consumers might stop and buy a few planters, many of the fountains and statues are shipped to estates in Newport, Westchester County, Nantucket, and beyond. Cindy Atoji Keene,, "For Gray Baldwin, ornamental is fundamental," 25 May 2018 And the chicken has just enough of the herb’s resinous flavor to remind you of walking past a planter of flowering rosemary in some fog-addled corner of the city and running your fingers through the spiky green tresses. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fernay McPherson and the movement that found success away from her native Fillmore," 11 May 2018 Vandals somehow managed to roll a 1,200-pound planter along the Naperville Riverwalk into the DuPage River, Naperville Park District officials said. Rafael Guerrero, Naperville Sun, "1,200-pound Naperville Riverwalk planter rolled into DuPage River by vandals," 11 May 2018 For the past couple of summers and into the fall season, a trip down New Britain Avenue in the Elmwood section of West Hartford was more colorful with many vibrant floral planters, 61 last year. Courant Community, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 1 May 2018 Inside the planter were seedlings sown in early June. Cristela Guerra,, "Artist Ekua Holmes wants to plant hope all over Roxbury," 11 July 2018 The good news is, that's where accessories like self-watering planters and plant watering globes (also called bulbs) come in. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This $8 Amazon Find Will Keep You From Killing Your Plants," 10 July 2018 Wood from doors or kitchen cabinets is turned into planters, headboards or mulch. Stephanie Morse, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "East side duplexes will be deconstructed — rather than demolished — under new Milwaukee ordinance," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of planter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of planter was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of planter

: a container in which plants are grown

: a person who owns a plantation

: a machine that plants seeds in the ground


plant·​er | \ˈplan-tər \

Kids Definition of planter

1 : someone or something that plants crops

2 : a person who owns or runs a plantation

3 : a container in which plants are grown

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