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[plan-ter, plahn-] /ˈplæn tər, ˈplɑn-/
a person who plants.
an implement or machine for planting seeds in the ground.
the owner or manager of a plantation.
History/Historical. a colonist or new settler.
a decorative container, of a variety of sizes and shapes, for growing flowers or ornamental plants.
Origin of planter
1350-1400; Middle English plaunter. See plant, -er1 Unabridged
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  • It's heavy, so build the planter in sections that can be screwed together on-site.
  • Edged with concrete, the raised patio and its planter-retaining wall level the yard and make it more livable.
  • Even more fancifully, the embroidery expands for philosophical utterances on the part of the gentle planter.
  • The small farmer in his log cabin, raising varied crops, was displaced by the planter raising cotton.
  • As a result, the region also gave rise to a planter aristocracy.
  • Less than smooth operation of planter chains decreases seeding.
  • For situations where you can't have a full-size rain garden, consider a mini-rain garden in a planter.
  • The best success with planting is achieved with a corn planter.
  • Incorporate a planter guard or low planter wall as part of the architecture.
  • It was during this period that the definition of a plantation owner or planter changed.
British Dictionary definitions for planter


the owner or manager of a plantation
a machine designed for rapid, uniform, and efficient planting of seeds in the ground
a colonizer or settler
a decorative pot or stand for house plants
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Word Origin and History for planter

"one who sows seeds," late 14c., agent noun from plant (v.). Mechanical sense by 1850. Meaning "proprietor of a cultivated estate in West Indies or southern colonies of North America" is from 1640s, hence planter's punch (1924). Meaning "a pot for growing plants" recorded by 1959.

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