plant·​er | \ ˈplan-tər How to pronounce planter (audio) \

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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Examples of planter in a Sentence

She bought a planter to put on their deck. a wealthy South American planter
Recent Examples on the Web Combustible materials include most shrubs and plants (even healthy ones usually have dead material inside), bark mulch, wooden benches and planter boxes. Kathleen Pender,, "Despite wildfires, some homeowners resist efforts to cut vegetation," 23 Nov. 2019 The planters didn't buy those items, contrary to a once-common assumption. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Caribbean excavation offers intimate look at the lives of enslaved Africans," 7 Nov. 2019 Suspects gained entry by breaking the front door with a planter box. Deborah Kadin,, "Elmwood Park, River Grove police: man charged with felonies after laundry room coin heist," 25 Oct. 2019 Their village was surrounded by a wall, a stark symbol of how planters controlled their movements. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Caribbean excavation offers intimate look at the lives of enslaved Africans," 7 Nov. 2019 There may be a few spaces for dinosaur planter night. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s time for indoor plants. That means it’s time for indoor plant lights.," 24 Oct. 2019 Trader Joe’s recently rolled out spooky-yet-cute skeleton planters that went viral, and other retailers like Michael’s have their own sets of skeletal yogis too. Christina Butan,, "The Internet Is Officially Obsessed with Yoga Skeletons — and You Can Shop Them on Amazon," 1 Oct. 2019 The suspect also damaged some planters and pulled out some flowers around the sign. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Grand Junction mosque sign vandalized, police looking for suspect," 19 Sep. 2019 Dog planters come in white, purple, blue and green; alpacas in yellow, green, blue and purple. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful, whimsical or classic, yard art can enhance your garden’s overall appeal," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of planter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Nov 2019

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“Planter.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce planter (audio) \

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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