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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Two flower planters were reported stolen June 27 from the front porch of a home on the 200 block of Austin Avenue. Staff Report,, "Park Ridge police: Woman charged with stealing from employer," 3 July 2018 Each plant usually comes with a handful of covetable planter options. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Where to buy plants online," 8 May 2018 There are also two crowned ceramic heads known as Mori, a style used as planters placed on gateposts. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "Cakes and confections with an Italian spirit highlight this new Miami Beach bakery | Miami Herald," 22 Mar. 2018 Today, the warm, decidedly exotic hue popular throughout the 70s is popping up again, and according to experts, its reach has extended far beyond floor tiles, shag carpets and outdoor planters. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: The Hottest Color on Pinterest Right Now is Hardly New," 11 July 2018 There are extensive planters for carrots, tomatoes and pumpkins. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, "Where Luxury Meets a Prefab Home," 27 June 2018 Patio and planter herb gardens have been popular for centuries and not uncommon for even restaurants with available terrace or ground landscape for growing green needs. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "‘Goat’ herb garden always within convenient kitchen reach," 22 June 2018 Arranged in eight neat rows, 32 orange-tree planters bear quotes from L.A. locals about the perks of divvying things up. Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "How One Nonprofit Is Transforming L.A. Parks into Edible Hangouts," 20 June 2018 Another ramp leads to the back yard, where Horton and Libby Simon, a design colleague, added three raised planters alongside the pool. Emily Young,, "Making sure Mom and Dad can age in their own space," 15 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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