I have looked up in three different dictionaries, but I didn't find anything that mentions establishment can also mean "a store". Now, I'm questioning myself whether I have understood the meaning of store itself.

I knew this word from a language learning app. It's originally the translation of the word "el establecimiento" in Spanish as you can see on this screenshot here:

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I believe, before knowing this information I would think "establishment" is something like the act of establishing. My second guess orginally was that it's possibly a literal translation, but in the dictionary it also means the same sense as in English. Is there something obvious I didn't notice here?

  • Collins Dictionary mentions a shop, which is what a 'store' is. Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 13:22
  • Even though the meaning is correct (though maybe unusual in this context), I don't think the given example is in any way something any native speaker would ever say.
    – jcaron
    Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 23:32
  • Seems equivalent to 'bricks and mortar' signifying actual, physical premises, as opposed to internet or online shopping
    – mcalex
    Commented Jun 8, 2022 at 4:07
  • @MichaelHarvey But isn't it simply that "establishment" is a general term which can stand for anything - including a restaurant, or a place of entertainment. I have certainly seen notices - perhaps rather dated now - which say things like "The establishment cannot be responsible for personal property left on the premises". Ah - I've just noticed that you've answered to that very effect!
    – WS2
    Commented Jun 9, 2022 at 5:25

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An 'establishment' can be any type of business where people can enter a building or place, not just a store.



An establishment is a shop, business, or organization occupying a particular building or place.


...a scientific research establishment.

...shops and other commercial establishments.

Establishment (Collins Dictionary)

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