cam·​pe·​si·​no ˌkam-pə-ˈsē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce campesino (audio)
plural campesinos
: 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 In the 1980s, campesinos began to grow the fruit too. Viridiana Hernández Fernández, Discover Magazine, 3 June 2024 The workforce is graying; nearly three-quarters of Mexican campesinos are over 45. Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2024 This was particularly true at Ayotzinapa, thanks to a long guerrilla tradition: multiple campesino movements had flourished in Guerrero in the sixties and seventies, and two of their leaders, Lucio Cabañas and Genaro Vázquez Rojas, had close ties to the school. Alma Guillermoprieto, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2024 Most had kept a long silence about their indigenous heritage for fear of being ridiculed: Indigenous people were country people—uneducated campesinos stereotyped as gullible or backward. Robert M. Poole, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Oct. 2011 My joy for contemplative platicas on porches comes from this southern campesino practice of pause. Nic Rodríguez Villafañe,, 13 July 2023 Flamin’ Hot also sends the message that no waiter, janitor, housekeeper, campesino, or other blue-collar worker is unworthy of respect. Sylvio Martins, Bon Appétit, 12 June 2023 The process of turning a huge and spiky plant into sipping liquor begins with a campesino armed with a long metal bar, a knife and a crude broad axe. John MacCormack,, 9 Dec. 2020 At a livestock market high in the Andes Mountains in northern Peru, Estaurofila Cieza recalled the joy that erupted in the region when a fellow campesino, or poor farmer, was elected president last year. Genevieve Glatsky, New York Times, 5 Dec. 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of campesino was in 1860

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“Campesino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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