campesino

noun
cam·​pe·​si·​no | \ˌkam-pə-ˈsē-(ˌ)nō \
plural campesinos

Definition of campesino 

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

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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 At the table next to me, a campesino relaxed with his cowboy hat pulled over his face and his chair tilted back against the wall. Gustave Axelson, New York Times, "A Journey to Colombia’s Coffee Belt," 7 Mar. 2017 On Saturday nights, this plaza is a raucous cacophony of pounding discoteca beats and campesinos parading into town astride show horses, but there are still tintos among the cervezas on the trays waitresses carry between tables. Gustave Axelson, New York Times, "A Journey to Colombia’s Coffee Belt," 7 Mar. 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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The first known use of campesino was in 1898

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