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establishment

[ih-stab-lish-muh nt] /ɪˈstæb lɪʃ mənt/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of establishing.
2.
the state or fact of being established.
3.
something established; a constituted order or system.
4.
(often initial capital letter) the existing power structure in society; the dominant groups in society and their customs or institutions; institutional authority (usually preceded by the):
The Establishment believes exploring outer space is worth any tax money spent.
5.
(often initial capital letter) the dominant group in a field of endeavor, organization, etc. (usually preceded by the):
the literary Establishment.
6.
a household; place of residence including its furnishings, grounds, etc.
7.
a place of business together with its employees, merchandise, equipment, etc.
8.
a permanent civil, military, or other force or organization.
9.
an institution, as a school, hospital, etc.
10.
the recognition by a state of a church as the state church.
11.
the church so recognized, especially the Church of England.
12.
Archaic. a fixed or settled income.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; 1920-25 for def 4; establish + -ment
Related forms
nonestablishment, noun, adjective
reestablishment, noun
superestablishment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for the establishment

establishment

/ɪˈstæblɪʃmənt/
noun
1.
the act of establishing or state of being established
2.
  1. a business organization or other large institution
  2. the place where a business is carried on
3.
the staff and equipment of a commercial or other organization
4.
the approved size, composition, and equipment of a military unit, government department, business division, etc, as formally promulgated
5.
any large organization, institution, or system
6.
a household or place of residence
7.
a body of employees or servants
8.
(modifier) belonging to or characteristic of the Establishment; orthodox or conservative: the establishment view of history

Establishment

/ɪˈstæblɪʃmənt/
noun
1.
the Establishment, a group or class of people having institutional authority within a society, esp those who control the civil service, the government, the armed forces, and the Church: usually identified with a conservative outlook
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Word Origin and History for the establishment

establishment

n.

late 15c., "settled arrangement," also "income, property," from establish + -ment. Meaning "established church" is from 1731; Sense of "place of business" is from 1832. Meaning "social matrix of ruling people and institutions" is attested occasionally from 1923, current use from 1955.

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