- The definition of a peasant is a country person, a farmer or a crude person.
- An example of a peasant is a person who grows vegetables for a living.
- An example of a peasant is someone who constantly uses foul language.
An elderly peasant woman.
peasant definition by Webster's New World
- any person of the class of small farmers or of farm laborers, as in Europe or Asia
- a person regarded as coarse, boorish, ignorant, etc.
Origin: Late Middle English paissaunt ; from Anglo-French paisant ; from Middle French païsent ; from Old French ; from païs, country ; from Late Latin pagensis, belonging to the district ; from pagus, district: see pagan
peasant definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A member of the class constituted by small farmers and tenants, sharecroppers, and laborers on the land where they form the main labor force in agriculture.
- A country person; a rustic.
- An uncouth, crude, or ill-bred person; a boor.
Origin: Middle English paissaunt, from Old French paisant, from pais, country, from Late Latin pāgēnsis, inhabitant of a district, from Latin pāgus, district; see pag- in Indo-European roots.