What does Plantation mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term Plantation:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. plantation(noun)

    an estate where cash crops are grown on a large scale (especially in tropical areas)

  2. Plantation(noun)

    a newly established colony (especially in the colonization of North America)

    "the practice of sending convicted criminals to serve on the Plantations was common in the 17th century"

  3. grove, woodlet, orchard, plantation(noun)

    garden consisting of a small cultivated wood without undergrowth


  1. plantation(Noun)

    Large farm; estate or area of land designated for agricultural growth. Often includes housing for the owner and workers.

  2. plantation(Noun)

    The importation of large numbers of workers and soldiers to displace the local population, such as in medieval Ireland and in the Caribbean.

  3. Origin: Latin plantatio, from perfect passive participle plantatus, from verb plantare, + noun of action suffix -tio

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plantation(noun)

    the act or practice of planting, or setting in the earth for growth

  2. Plantation(noun)

    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; as, a cotton plantation; a coffee plantation

  3. Plantation(noun)

    an original settlement in a new country; a colony

  4. Origin: [L. plantatio: cf. F. plantation.]


  1. Plantation

    A plantation is a long, artificially-established forest, farm or estate, where crops are grown for sale, often in distant markets rather than for local on-site consumption. The term plantation is informal and not precisely defined. Plantations are grown on a large scale as the crops grown are for commercial purpose Crops grown on plantations include fast-growing trees, cotton, coffee, tobacco, sugar cane, sisal, some oil seeds and rubber trees. Farms that produce alfalfa, Lespedeza, clover, and other forage crops are usually not called plantations. The term "plantation" has usually not included large orchards, but does include the planting of trees for lumber. A plantation is always a monoculture over a large area and does not include extensive naturally occurring stands of plants that have economic value. Because of its large size, a plantation takes advantage of economies of scale. Protectionist policies and natural comparative advantage have contributed to determining where plantations have been located. Among the earliest examples of plantations were the latifundia of the Roman Empire, which produced large quantities of wine and olive oil for export. Plantation agriculture grew rapidly with the increase in international trade and the development of a worldwide economy that followed the expansion of European colonial empires. Like every economic activity, it has changed over time. Earlier forms of plantation agriculture were associated with large disparities of wealth and income, foreign ownership and political influence, and exploitative social systems such as indentured labor and slavery. The history of the environmental, social and economic issues relating to plantation agriculture are covered in articles that focus on those subjects.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Plantation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Plantation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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