Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An area under cultivation.
  • n. A group of cultivated trees or plants.
  • n. A large estate or farm on which crops are raised, often by resident workers.
  • n. A newly established settlement; a colony.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Large farm; estate or area of land designated for agricultural growth. Often includes housing for the owner and workers.
  • n. The importation of large numbers of workers and soldiers to displace the local population, such as in medieval Ireland and in the Caribbean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or practice of planting, or setting in the earth for growth.
  • n. The place planted; land brought under cultivation; a piece of ground planted with trees or useful plants; esp., in the United States and West Indies, a large estate appropriated to the production of the more important crops, and cultivated by laborers who live on the estate
  • n. An original settlement in a new country; a colony.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of planting seeds or plants.
  • n. Introduction; establishment.
  • n. A planting with people or settlers; colonization.
  • n. A planted place, A small wood; a grove; a piece of ground planted with trees or shrubs for the purpose of producing timber or coppice-wood.
  • n. A farm, estate, or tract of land, especially in a tropical or semi-tropical country, such as the southern parts of the United States, South America, the West Indies, Africa, India, Ceylon, etc., in which cotton, sugar-cane, tobacco, coffee, etc., are cultivated, usually by negroes, peons, or coolies: as, a sugar plantation; also used attributively: as, plantation life; plantation songs.
  • n. An original settlement in a new country; a colony: as, Rhode Island and Providence plantations.
  • n. In Maine and New Hampshire, an unorganized and thinly settled division of a county.
  • n. An oyster-bed in which the oysters have been artificially planted; a cultivated area of oyster-bottom: a legal term in the State of Delaware.
  • n.
  • n. In organ-building, the disposition or arrangement of the pipes of a stop, or of all the stops, on a wind-chest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. garden consisting of a small cultivated wood without undergrowth
  • n. an estate where cash crops are grown on a large scale (especially in tropical areas)
  • n. a newly established colony (especially in the colonization of North America)

Etymologies

Latin plantatio, from perfect passive participle plantatus ("planted"), from verb plantare, + noun of action suffix -tio (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "The use of the term plantation is foolish and my guess is that she will live to regret this," said human quote machine Larry Sabato, who teaches at the University of Virginia during those rare moments when he is not dreaming up quotes for needy reporters.

    John Leo: Flap Over Clinton Remark Is Example of Synthetic Shock Syndrome

  • So actually, the use of the term plantation was a passionate response out of concern, I think, for how difficult it is to get things done in Washington for this particular demographic of people.

    CNN Transcript Jan 17, 2006

  • And I think that's why the term plantation is used much to our - much to our disdain.

    CNN Transcript May 12, 2001

  • The term plantation is an archaic term of Old English that meant a new colony.

    WLNE - News

  • The population of Rosedale, which is 82 percent black, has come a long way, Trice told me, but there are still traces of what he calls plantation syndrome.

    Interstate 69

  • A well-connected young couple like Rufus and Jane could have become part of the Beautiful People of the Red Hills—the Red Hills was what they called the plantation country to the north, east, and west of Tallahassee.

    Dream State

  • And he's caught between a voting base of Hispanics and immigrants and also he's caught with farmers, what I call plantation owners, who are looking for slave labor.

    CNN Transcript Jun 27, 2006

  • The site of the plantation is assumed ripe for commercial exploitation and political control.

    Savage Boundaries

  • The songs were mostly on the solo and chorus style -- not set to music, what we call plantation or "made-up songs."

    The American Missionary — Volume 43, No. 10, October, 1889

  • The students of our schools who go over the country, singing what they call plantation songs, do not know how to sing them.

    "In Christ's Stead": Autobiographical Sketches

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  • "On the one hand, as a person who spends a minimum of 20 minutes a week furious with President William McKinley, I feel that these, the historically minded, bleeding-heart hand-wringers leading this movement, are my people.

    On the other hand, as New York City’s biggest, or perhaps only, fan of the founding of Providence Plantations, I feel compelled to stick up for its noble legacy of religious freedom."
    —Sarah Vowell, "A Plantation to Be Proud Of," New York Times, July 4, 2009 (seen here)

    I sensed a fellow traveler in this: she spends time being mad at William McKinley, as I do.

    July 6, 2009

  • Not all plantations are cotton! Southern pines, douglas-fir, and some other tree species grow best in plantations.

    December 5, 2007