noun \ˈpe-zənt\

: a poor farmer or farm worker who has low social status

: a person who is not educated and has low social status

Full Definition of PEASANT

:  a member of a European class of persons tilling the soil as small landowners or as laborers; also :  a member of a similar class elsewhere
:  a usually uneducated person of low social status

Examples of PEASANT

  1. They treated us like a bunch of peasants.

Origin of PEASANT

Middle English paissaunt, from Anglo-French paisant, pesaunt, from pais, paiis country, from Late Latin pagensis inhabitant of a district, from Latin pagus district; akin to Latin pangere to fix — more at pact
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

Rhymes with PEASANT


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any member of a class that tills the soil as small landowners or agricultural labourers. The peasant economy generally has a simple technology and a division of labour by age and sex. The basic unit of production is the family or household. Peasant families traditionally consume what they produce, though a portion of their output may be sold in the market or paid to a landlord. Productivity per worker and yields per unit of land are usually low. Peasants as a class tend to disappear as a society industrializes, though peasantlike social structures may persist under new economic regimens. See also ejido; feudalism; hacienda; serfdom.


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