Peasant definition

pĕzənt
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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.
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A country person; a rustic.
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A person regarded as coarse, boorish, ignorant, etc.
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An uncouth, crude, or ill-bred person; a boor.
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Any person of the class of small farmers or of farm laborers, as in Europe or Asia.
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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.

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A member of the lowly social class which toils on the land, constituted by small farmers and tenants, sharecroppers, farmhands and other laborers on the land where they form the main labor force in agriculture and horticulture.
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A country person.
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An uncouth, crude or ill-bred person.
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(strategy games) A worker unit.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
peasant
Plural:
peasants

Origin of peasant

  • Middle English paissaunt from Old French paisant from pais country from Late Latin pāgēnsis inhabitant of a district from Latin pāgus district pag- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Middle English paissaunt, from Anglo-Norman paisant, from Middle French païsant (“païsant"), from Old French païsan (“countryman, peasant"), from païs (“country"), from Late Latin pāgÄ“nsis (“inhabitant of a district"), from Latin pāgus (“district") + Old French -enc (“member of"), from Frankish -inc, -ing "-ing". More at -ing.

    From Wiktionary