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planter

[plan-ter, plahn-] /ˈplæn tər, ˈplɑn-/
noun
1.
a person who plants.
2.
an implement or machine for planting seeds in the ground.
3.
the owner or manager of a plantation.
4.
History/Historical. a colonist or new settler.
5.
a decorative container, of a variety of sizes and shapes, for growing flowers or ornamental plants.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English plaunter. See plant, -er1
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  • The courts were thus initially dominated by the sugar planters and their representatives.
  • For that reason members of the colony were referred to as old planters.
British Dictionary definitions for planters

planter

/ˈplɑːntə/
noun
1.
the owner or manager of a plantation
2.
a machine designed for rapid, uniform, and efficient planting of seeds in the ground
3.
a colonizer or settler
4.
a decorative pot or stand for house plants
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Word Origin and History for planters

planter

n.

"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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