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peasant

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noun peas·ant \ˈpe-zənt\

Simple Definition of peasant

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  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

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