• An assortment of glass bottle seals in the Jamestown collection. Some of the wealthy planters had their initials (or other ornamental device) stamped on the shoulders of the wine bottles which they ordered from England
    An assortment of glass bottle seals in the Jamestown collection. Some of the wealthy planters had their initials (or other ornamental device) stamped on the shoulders of the wine bottles which they ordered from England
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n planter a decorative pot for house plants
    • n planter the owner or manager of a plantation
    • n planter a worker who puts or sets seeds or seedlings into the ground
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Cotton planter, about 1895 Cotton planter, about 1895
Two-row corn planter, about 1854 Two-row corn planter, about 1854

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Planters Peanut Company mascot, Mr. Peanut, was created during a contest for schoolchildren in 1916
    • Planter A colonist in a new or uncultivated territory; as, the first planters in Virginia.
    • Planter a movable box or a fixed low, open structure, as of brick, in which plants are grown for decorative purposes.
    • Planter One who owns or cultivates a plantation; as, a sugar planter; a coffee planter .
    • Planter One who, or that which, plants or sows; as, a planterof corn; a machine planter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mr. Peanut was invented in 1916 by a Suffolk, Virginia schoolchild who won $5 in a design contest sponsored by Planters Peanuts.
    • n planter One who plants, sets in the ground or in position, introduces, establishes, or sets up: as, a planter of maize or of vines; the first planters of Christianity; a planter of colonies.
    • n planter One who owns a plantation, especially in a tropical or semi-tropical country: as, a coffeeplanter; the planters of the West Indies.
    • n planter A piece of timber, or the naked trunk of a tree, one end of which is firmly planted in the bed of a river while the other rises near the surface of the water: a dangerous obstruction sometimes encountered by vessels navigating the rivers of the western United States.
    • n planter A tool or machine for planting seeds: as, a corn-planter, a cotton-seed planter, etc. Planters are usually simple hand-tools for opening the ground and dropping the seeds in the hill. A planter that distributes seeds in rows is called a drill, and one that sows broadcast a seeder.
    • n planter Specifically, in the Newfoundland fisheries, a middleman between the fisherman and the large dealer. See the extract.
    • n planter A cattle-thief: so called from their habit of hiding the stolen cattle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Planter one who plants or introduces: the owner of a plantation
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. plante (Fr. plante)—L. planta, a shoot, a plant.


In literature:

He was a planter down Zamboanga way, an' a genelman like you, in white clothes.
"Isle o' Dreams" by Frederick F. Moore
They order satisfaction to be given to the "old planters" by the offer of incorporation into the company and of a share in the lands.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
As the laird of Kingsburgh intended to become a planter, he left his family in Cross Creek until he could decide upon a location.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
One bright spring morning a ship from England entered the James River with a number of these indented slaves to be sold to the planters.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
He was to the life the elegant and luxurious Southern planter of ante-bellum days.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
A planter does often times take a dozen or fourteen in an hour's time with hook and line.
"The Bounty of the Chesapeake" by James Wharton
The town is called Cayona, and here live the chiefest and richest planters of the island.
"The Pirates of Panama" by A. O. (Alexandre Olivier) Exquemelin
The old Planter used to do these things and a lot of others.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
Planters began moving beyond the Fall Line soon after the turn of the century.
"Tobacco in Colonial Virginia" by Melvin Herndon
Of course, it is easy to undersell the planters by produce raised on these conditions.
"A Visit to Java" by W. Basil Worsfold

In poetry:

There the great Planter plants
Of fruitful worlds the grain,
And with a million spells enchants
The souls that walk in pain.
"Waldeinsamkeit" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sad thieves in black,
A cowardly set,
Who waited for John to be gone,
That they might get
A chance to upset
The plans of the planter of corn.
"John S. Crow" by Clara Doty Bates
That bankers, warehousemen, and sich
Was fatt'nin' on the planter,
And Tennessy was rotten-rich
A-raisin' meat and corn, all which
Draw'd money to Atlanta:
"Jones's Private Argyment" by Sidney Lanier
What is't ye hae won? is it conquest an' fame?
Is't honour and glory—a conqueror's name?
Is't the South wi' its cotton, its planters, an' slaves?
It's nane o' them a', it's a million o' graves.
"Nuts To Crack For Cousin Sam" by Janet Hamilton
So pleads the proud planter. What echoes are these?
The bay of his bloodhound is borne on the breeze,
And, lost in the shriek of his victim's despair,
His voice dies unheard.--Hear the Puritan's prayer!
""Choose You This Day Whom Ye Will Serve"" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
A hundred things since the first stir have hunted it,
The rooks any time might have swallowed ungrateful,
Caterpillars, slugs, as it grew, have counted on it,
And man the planter bent his gaze down on it fateful.
"Of Cruelty" by Ivor Gurney

In news:

Last month, we introduced you to the Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter .
Planters for people who hate planters (or: I Am A Genius ).
Hence, the idea of the trunk planter.
I pulled the lawn sign out of the oversized planter in my front yard today.
Some tips for keeping planters ready for spring include.
Kinze Manufacturing, Inc has announced the release of a new planter for sugarbeets – the 3700, 24-row, 22-inch model.
The Topsy Turvy upside-down tomato planter takes on the vertical gardening trend by saving space and time.
Plant the seedlings, hang the Topsy Turvy planter and water.
Last month, we introduced you to the Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter.
My Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter.
Kraft Foods Inc collaborated with Spring Design Partners to redesign the packaging for its Planters Almonds .
The six cement planters positioned around the courthouse and the city building, along with 36 hanging baskets brightened up the city's downtown area.
Trees were planted, and programmed into satellites so that way the planters could track the growth.
A list of planter closing wheels on the market.
Many farmers acknowledge the importance of the planter pass and know that fine-tuning the machine's performance can lead to higher yields.