agrar·​i·​an | \ə-ˈgrer-ē-ən \

Definition of agrarian 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to fields or lands or their tenure agrarian landscapes

2a : of, relating to, or characteristic of farmers or their way of life agrarian values

b : organized or designed to promote agricultural interests an agrarian political party



Definition of agrarian (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of an agrarian party or movement (see agrarian entry 1 sense 2b)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for agrarian

Synonyms: Adjective

agricultural, farming

Antonyms: Adjective


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Today, an acre is generally considered to be a unit of land measuring 43,560 square feet (4,047 square meters). Before that standard was set, it's believed that an acre represented a rougher measurement - the amount of land that could be plowed in one day with a yoke of oxen. Both acre and agrarian, derive from the Latin noun ager and the Greek noun agros, meaning "field." (You can probably guess that agriculture is another descendant.) Agrarian, first used in English in the 16th century, describes things pertaining to the cultivation of fields, as well as the farmers who cultivate them.

Examples of agrarian in a Sentence


a town founded in 1811 as an agrarian community

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But the Southeast Asian country’s trains gradually fell into disuse following the rise of the Khmer Rouge, a genocidal agrarian regime that killed an estimated 20% of Cambodia’s population between 1975 and 1979, many at the infamous Killing Fields. Eli Meixler / Phnom Penh, Time, "Riding the Rails: Phnom Penh's Airport Train Is a Milestone for Cambodia," 4 June 2018 Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz, the leader of the small agrarian Polish People's Party, accused Duda, who is a practicing Catholic, of rejecting the teaching of Poland's top authority, the late pope St. John Paul II, who advocated for EU membership. Fox News, "Polish leader slammed for saying EU has little relevance," 12 Sep. 2018 The issue has particularly polarized Nigeria, especially in the Middle Belt, the agrarian bread basket that stretches across the country. Emmanuel Akinwotu, New York Times, "Nigeria’s Farmers and Herders Fight a Deadly Battle for Scarce Resources," 25 June 2018 And all of them encourage kids to do, and take responsibility for, tasks that are part of our agrarian past. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Farming out the kids: Gathering eggs, milking cows, cooking teach about country life," 3 July 2018 For an agrarian society like England, the factory generated a wistfulness for the bucolic agricultural past. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "In ‘Behemoth,’ Manufacturing Still Looms Large," 7 Mar. 2018 The interior boasts limestone walls and exposed wooden beams to add to the agrarian feel, while the exterior is clad in charred timber. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Modern farmhouse highlights glass and charred timber," 6 July 2018 In agrarian societies, tied to the land and the seasons, flower crowns had great symbolic meaning. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "The Best Flower Crowns of All Time, From Frida Kahlo to Jennifer Lawrence," 22 June 2018 Inspired by Wirzba, and also by writer and agrarian Wendell Berry, Detmer began exploring ideas for North Lawndale. Greg Trotter,, "Farm on Ogden aims to bring fresh produce and jobs to troubled North Lawndale," 12 June 2018

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There are the populares of Ancient Rome, the agrarians of nineteenth-century Wisconsin, and the Peronists of twentieth-century Argentina. Yascha Mounk, New Republic, "What the rise of populist movements means for democracy.," 19 July 2017 Jefferson, an agrarian, generally opposed a strong central government. Jonathan W. White, Smithsonian, "Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr and the American Way of Treason," 17 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of agrarian


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1795, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agrarian


Latin agrārius "of landed property" (from agr-, ager "piece of land, field" + -ārius -ary entry 2) + -an entry 2 — more at acre


derivative of agrarian entry 1

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: of or relating to farms and farming

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