Definition of plantation in English:



  • 1An estate on which crops such as coffee, sugar, and tobacco are grown.

    • ‘In 1953, Shell bought a second plantation nearby, where sugar cane and tobacco used to grow.’
    • ‘His coffee plantation across the gorge looks striped from a distance - brown earth sandwiched between ruffled green.’
    • ‘Gone are the days of sugar plantations, cane trucks and mills on Hawai'i's Big Island.’
    • ‘By collective farming, I not only mean the actual plantation and growth of crops, but also food-processing and animal husbandry.’
    • ‘The discussion focuses on slave women who lived on large sugar plantations in the British territories during the later period of slavery.’
    • ‘Slaves from Africa were used to grow sugar and other plantation crops, it has been argued, because they comprised the least-cost option.’
    • ‘One of the most prosperous sugar plantations on Barbados is owned by the Church of England.’
    • ‘This peasant girl is not the one working on a tobacco or coffee plantation.’
    • ‘Most of it was exported to the Caribbean and the Americas, where it would clothe slaves in the tobacco, sugar, and cotton plantations.’
    • ‘The farmers of this village produce crops and maintain spice plantations.’
    • ‘Sometimes, when there was a strike in the plantation or the tea crop was ripe for harvest, he was not available to lead Kerala.’
    • ‘I grew up on a plantation - or a banana farm, I should say.’
    • ‘Although forced to work long hours on sugar plantations, they managed to maintain limited gardens of their own.’
    • ‘It came under French sovereignty in 1715, when African slaves were imported to work on sugar plantations.’
    • ‘Initially, emigrants were convicted criminals who worked in the sugar, tobacco, and cotton plantations.’
    • ‘However, much of the world's coffee is grown on large plantations that have been clear-cut out of the jungle.’
    • ‘By the end of the seventeenth century British plantations were growing a wide variety of crops including tobacco and sugar.’
    • ‘Believing that Liberia's future lay in agriculture, he purchased a sugar plantation with earnings from his photography.’
    • ‘Sugar and tobacco plantations were established in the 17th century, worked by imported African slaves.’
    • ‘In Kona, probably because of the steep terrain, lack of roads, and lack of groundwater, coffee had not yet been developed as a plantation crop.’
    farm, holding
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    1. 1.1 An area in which trees have been planted, especially for commercial purposes.
      ‘new conifer plantations’
      • ‘The plantation produces both conifers and deciduous trees for the Christmas tree and landscape markets.’
      • ‘A conifer plantation should not be less than 1 hectare is size.’
      • ‘Trees from a plantation were collected from the mangroves in Gazi Bay.’
      • ‘These trees were introduced from abroad by foresters for fast-growing commercial plantations.’
      • ‘It is also not unusual to see coffee plantations, pregnant with red berries on either sides of the road.’
      • ‘Where the forest have not been clear felled there are tree plantations from horizon to horizon.’
      • ‘Between banana plantations however are large areas unsuited for their cultivation.’
      • ‘Another fire broke out yesterday afternoon, covering 800 square yards of young trees in a forestry plantation at Brig O'Turk, near Callander.’
      • ‘Many hectares of uplands are planted in commercial plantations of Pinus taeda.’
      • ‘So it is likely that the green cover actually came when the Government introduced arboriculture or the plantation of trees for timber.’
      • ‘The nutmeg tree may be either male or female, and in the plantations one male tree is needed to ensure pollination of about a dozen females.’
      • ‘Enclosure brought with it hedgerow trees, but there were few additional woodland plantations.’
      • ‘An inferior project such a plantation of non-native trees may block migratory routes of key species and illegally evict local people.’
      • ‘There is hilly and flat terrain with plenty of peach and almond tree plantations.’
      • ‘I remember the shock of seeing not just one but a whole plantation of these legal trees covering acres and acres.’
      • ‘Nesting success is lower in conifer plantations that have fewer deciduous trees.’
      • ‘A tree plantation doesn't carry out the same ecological functions as a diverse natural forest.’
      • ‘You can see tree plantations all over the place with small agricultural strips of land and a few houses.’
      • ‘Its landscape has separate areas for tree plantations and wild flowers to promote biodiversity.’
      • ‘They've been working with commercial sandalwood plantations on farms north of the Sterling Ranges.’
      forest, woodland, trees
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  • 2mass noun Colonization or settlement of emigrants, especially of English and then Scottish families in Ireland in the 16th–17th centuries under government sponsorship.

    ‘the Plantation of Ulster’
    • ‘The Ulster Plantation has been described as England's only successful colony in Ireland.’
    • ‘It seems reasonably clear from our historical perspective that Ulster benefitted from the economic modernisation of the Protestant plantation of the 17th Century.’
    community, colony, outpost, encampment
    colonization, settling, populating, peopling
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    1. 2.1historical A colony.
      • ‘During the antebellum era on the De Saussure plantation in South Carolina, daily domestic tasks were to be completed in the hours between sunrise and sunset prayers.’
      • ‘His Ciel Investment is building 250 homes on his family's beachfront plantation at Beau Champ on the island's east coast.’
      • ‘England's first successful plantation in North America was Virginia, refounded (after several false starts) in 1607.’
      • ‘The Samuel Townsend plantation in Madison County stocked 1,875 pounds of lard one year.’
      • ‘On the LeBlanc family cotton plantation in Iberville, the men rolled logs while the women cleaned up the grounds; the men chopped wood and plowed while the women hoed.’


Late Middle English (denoting the action of planting seeds): from Latin plantatio(n-), from the verb plantare ‘to plant’.