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[hah-see-en-duh; Spanish ah-syen-dah] /ˌhɑ siˈɛn də; Spanish ɑˈsyɛn dɑ/
noun, plural haciendas
[hah-see-en-duh z; Spanish ah-syen-dahs] /ˌhɑ siˈɛn dəz; Spanish ɑˈsyɛn dɑs/ (Show IPA)
(in Spanish America)
a large landed estate, especially one used for farming or ranching.
the main house on such an estate.
a stock raising, mining, or manufacturing establishment in the country.
Origin of hacienda
1710-20; < Spanish < Latin facienda things to be done or made, neuter plural of faciendus, gerund of facere to do1, make Unabridged
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  • Thus does every hacienda throughout Yucatan awake to its day's work.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • This horseman was the master of the hacienda, Don Augustin Peña.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • It is getting dusk already, and, dressed exactly like Pedro, I walk into the hacienda.

  • Saying this, he walked silently towards the hacienda, followed by the assassin.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • For almost two hundred years the hacienda functioned to support the ecclesiastical schools of the order.

    The Haciendas of Mexico Paul Alexander Bartlett
  • I have forgiven you the stab with which you wounded me at the hacienda del Venado.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • The majordomo was as cool and calm as when he left the hacienda.

    The Queen of the Savannah Gustave Aimard
  • They had taken the up-river road, towards the hacienda de Vargas.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for hacienda


noun (in Spain or Spanish-speaking countries)
  1. a ranch or large estate
  2. any substantial stock-raising, mining, or manufacturing establishment in the country
the main house on such a ranch or plantation
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish, from Latin facienda things to be done, from facere to do
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Word Origin and History for hacienda

1760, from Spanish hacienda "landed estate, plantation," earlier facienda, from Latin facienda "things to be done," from facere "to do" (see factitious). For noun use of a Latin gerundive, cf. agenda. The owner of one is a hacendado.

The change of Latin f- to Spanish h- is characteristic; e.g. hablar from fabulari, hacer from facere, hecho from factum, hermoso from formosum. Confusion of initial h- and f- was common in 16c. Spanish; the conquistador is known in contemporary records as both Hernando and Fernando Cortés.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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