establishment Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of forming or establishing something
    formation; organisation; constitution; organization.
    • the constitution of a PTA group last year
    • it was the establishment of his reputation
    • he still remembers the organization of the club
  2. noun an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
  3. noun the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something
    governing body; organisation; administration; governance; organization; brass.
    • he claims that the present administration is corrupt
    • the governance of an association is responsible to its members
    • he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment
  4. noun a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
  5. noun any large organization
  6. noun (ecology) the process by which a plant or animal becomes established in a new habitat
  7. noun the cognitive process of establishing a valid proof


Es*tab"lish*ment noun
Cf. OF. establissement, F. établissement.
  1. The act of establishing; a ratifying or ordaining; settlement; confirmation.
  2. The state of being established, founded, and the like; fixed state.
  3. That which is established; as: (a) A form of government, civil or ecclesiastical; especially, a system of religion maintained by the civil power; as, the Episcopal establishment of England. (b) A permanent civil, military, or commercial, force or organization. (c) The place in which one is permanently fixed for residence or business; residence, including grounds, furniture, equipage, etc.; with which one is fitted out; also, any office or place of business, with its fixtures; that which serves for the carrying on of a business; as, to keep up a large establishment; a manufacturing establishment.
    Exposing the shabby parts of the establishment. W. Irving.

Webster 1913