- the act or an instance of establishing.
- the state or fact of being established.
- something established; a constituted order or system.
- (often initial capital letter) the existing power structure in society; the dominant groups in society and their customs or institutions; institutional authority (usually preceded by the): The Establishment believes exploring outer space is worth any tax money spent.
- (often initial capital letter) the dominant group in a field of endeavor, organization, etc. (usually preceded by the): the literary Establishment.
- a household; place of residence including its furnishings, grounds, etc.
- a place of business together with its employees, merchandise, equipment, etc.
- a permanent civil, military, or other force or organization.
- an institution, as a school, hospital, etc.
- the recognition by a state of a church as the state church.
- the church so recognized, especially the Church of England.
- Archaic. a fixed or settled income.
- the act of establishing or state of being established
- a business organization or other large institution
- the place where a business is carried on
- the staff and equipment of a commercial or other organization
- the approved size, composition, and equipment of a military unit, government department, business division, etc, as formally promulgated
- any large organization, institution, or system
- a household or place of residence
- a body of employees or servants
- (modifier) belonging to or characteristic of the Establishment; orthodox or conservativethe establishment view of history
- the Establishment a group or class of people having institutional authority within a society, esp those who control the civil service, the government, the armed forces, and the Church: usually identified with a conservative outlook
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, current use from 1955.