cam·​pe·​si·​no | \ ˌkam-pə-ˈsē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce campesino (audio) \
plural campesinos

Definition of campesino

: a native of a Latin American rural area especially : a Latin American Indian farmer or farm laborer

Examples of campesino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Members of the Las Cañadas campesino cooperative in Veracruz, Mexico, offer an interesting example. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Strategies That Use Biomass Can Be More Realistic," 1 Aug. 2020 Her mother was a campesino’s daughter in the Mexican state of Michoacán, and Ramirez’s grandfather was among the last braceros who came to the United States legally to work in fields. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: Tzintzún Ramirez is a name you’re not likely to forget," 11 Feb. 2020 The immigrant sons of campesinos, or farmers, the norteño band set up shop on the city’s east side in 1967 and went on to sell more than 40 million albums worldwide. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "San Jose’s Los Tigres del Norte gets a big honor from its hometown," 13 Sep. 2019 Set out into the Sacred Valley with your team to photograph campesinos in traditional garb, old stone villages, and bustling markets, and get a fresh angle on the iconic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. National Geographic, "Peru & the Amazon High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 While their work brought newfound hope to the areas where Andrea and Marifer work, fear still plagues many campesinos as violence trickles back into what is supposed to be a post-conflict Colombia. Megan Janetsky, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Women Who Detonate Land Mines in Colombia’s Former War Zones," 24 Apr. 2019 While the kitchen served them and their guests, ranks of campesinos grew crops, tended cattle, and fermented pulque on the surrounding land. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018 That means small farmers, or campesinos, in this border state's rugged Sierra Madre who long planted marijuana to be smuggled into the United States are switching to opium poppies, which bring a higher price. David Agren, USA TODAY, "Mexican cartels pushing more heroin after U.S. states relax marijuana laws," 20 Feb. 2018 The program, which doles out food subsidies and technical assistance to participating campesinos, could expand to include as many as 100,000 additional families, according to the presidential task force. The Christian Science Monitor, "Ditching coca for other crops, Colombia's farmers ask: Where do we sell?," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of campesino

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for campesino

Spanish, from campo field, country, from Latin campus field

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“Campesino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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