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Old French establissement, (Modern French établissement) from the verb establir.


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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. Sometimes capitalized: the Establishment.
    • 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21: 
      Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic who still resists the idea that something drastic needs to happen for him to turn his life around. Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. When a series of bank failures made this impossible, there was widespread anger, leading to the public humiliation of symbolic figures.
    It's often necessary to question the establishment to get things done.

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  1. (informal) establishment (ruling class)


Inflection of establishment (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative establishment establishmentit
genitive establishmentin establishmentien
partitive establishmentiä establishmentejä
illative establishmentiin establishmenteihin
singular plural
nominative establishment establishmentit
accusative nom.? establishment establishmentit
gen. establishmentin
genitive establishmentin establishmentien
partitive establishmentiä establishmentejä
inessive establishmentissä establishmenteissä
elative establishmentistä establishmenteistä
illative establishmentiin establishmenteihin
adessive establishmentillä establishmenteillä
ablative establishmentiltä establishmenteiltä
allative establishmentille establishmenteille
essive establishmentinä establishmenteinä
translative establishmentiksi establishmenteiksi
instructive establishmentein
abessive establishmentittä establishmenteittä
comitative establishmenteineen