plant·​er ˈplan-tər How to pronounce planter (audio)
: one that cultivates plants: such as
: farmer
: one who owns or operates a plantation
: a planting machine or implement
: one who settles or founds a place and especially a new colony
: a container in which ornamental plants are grown

Examples of planter in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Planter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


plant·​er ˈplant-ər How to pronounce planter (audio)
: one that plants or cultivates
a mechanical corn planter
especially : a person who owns or operates a plantation
: a container in which ornamental plants are grown

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