Etymology
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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, consistently from 1955; Emerson also seems to have used it once in more or less that sense.

updated on November 29, 2019

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Definitions of establishment from WordNet

establishment (n.)
the act of forming or establishing something;
it was the establishment of his reputation
establishment (n.)
an organization founded and united for a specific purpose;
Synonyms: institution
establishment (n.)
the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something;
he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment
Synonyms: administration / governance / governing body / brass / organization / organisation
establishment (n.)
a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence;
establishment (n.)
any large organization;
establishment (n.)
(ecology) the process by which a plant or animal becomes established in a new habitat;
Synonyms: ecesis
establishment (n.)
the cognitive process of establishing a valid proof;
Synonyms: validation
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