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definition of the word establishment

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Old French establissement, French établissement.

Singular
establishment

Plural
establishments

establishment (plural establishments)

  1. The act of establishing; a ratifying or ordaining; settlement; confirmation.
    Since their establishment of the company in 1984, they have grown into a global business.
  2. The state of being established, founded, etc.; fixed state.
    The firm celebrated twenty years since their establishment by updating their look.
  3. That which is established; as a form of government, a permanent organization, business or force, or the place where one is permanently fixed for residence.
    Pedro's is a fine establishment serving a variety of delicious food.
    Exposing the shabby parts of the establishment.
  4. (slang) The establishment: the ruling class or authority group in a society; especially, an entrenched authority dedicated to preserving the status quo.
    It's often necessary to question the establishment to get things done.

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