A farmer at work.
An example of a farmer is a person who owns several acres of land and a barn and who raises cattle and grows fruits and vegetables to eat and to sell at a local market.
- a person who earns a living by farming; esp., one who manages or owns a farm
- Historical a person who pays for a right, as to collect and keep taxes
Origin of farmerMiddle English fermour, farmer, bailiff from Anglo-French fermer from Old French fermier from ferme: see farm
- One who works on or operates a farm.
- One who has paid for the right to collect and retain certain revenues or profits.
- A simple, unsophisticated person; a bumpkin.
From Middle English *fermer, fermour (“a steward, bailliff, collector of taxes”), partly from Old French fermier (“a farmer, a lessee, husbandman, bailliff”), from Medieval Latin firmarius (“one to whom land is rented, a collector of taxes, deputy”), from firma, see farm; and partly from Old English feormere (“a purveyor of a guild, a supplier of food, a grocer, farmer”), from feormian (“to purvey, supply, feed”), equivalent to farm + -er. More at farm.