farmer

noun
farm·​er | \ ˈfär-mər \

Definition of farmer

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a person who pays a fixed sum for some privilege or source of income
2 : a person who cultivates land or crops or raises animals (such as livestock or fish)
3 : yokel, bumpkin

Farmer

biographical name (1)
Far·​mer | \ ˈfär-mər \

Definition of Farmer (Entry 2 of 3)

Fannie Merritt 1857–1915 American cookery expert

Farmer

biographical name (2)

Definition of Farmer (Entry 3 of 3)

James Leonard 1920–1999 American civil rights leader

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Synonyms & Antonyms for farmer

Synonyms: Noun

agriculturist (or agriculturalist), agronomist, cultivator, grower, planter, tiller

Antonyms: Noun

nonfarmer

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Examples of farmer in a Sentence

Noun

My uncle has been a farmer for 60 years. a young farmer whose family has been growing wheat for many generations

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Farming, as any farmer will tell you, is a massively complex and involved undertaking. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "There's Real Money in Virtual Farming," 23 Jan. 2019 The plots cultivated by these farmers were quite small, with the median only a bit over 10 square meters. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Urban farms could be incredibly efficient—but aren’t yet," 27 Dec. 2018 The 3- to 9-foot-tall crop grows primarily in South America, and farmers harvest the tiny seeds for consumption. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is Quinoa a Grain? 100% Yes, According to Nutritionists," 10 Dec. 2018 The palace was built between 1928 and 1943, during the years of India’s Independence, by King Umaid Singh, who incepted the structure primarily as a means to create job opportunities for farmers and workers during a years-long famine. Noor Brara, Vogue, "See the Palace Where Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Will Get Married," 13 Nov. 2018 There’s long been a conflict in California between farmers and environmental groups over how much water should go to crops versus to rivers and lakes — but that fight doesn’t have any effect on firefighting. Politifact, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Lies and Misleading Claims Have Grown in Volume Since the Start of the Presidency," 22 Aug. 2018 Little delta communities, small farmers and environmentalists are fighting the project. George Skelton, latimes.com, "What do Southern Californians really get out of Gov. Jerry Brown's twin tunnels project?," 12 July 2018 An earlier version of the plan, released two years ago, elicited loud criticism from farmers and city officials, who said the rewrite of the water allocations would lead to economic mayhem. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "California has a new plan for allocating its water, and it means less for farmers," 6 July 2018 After all, what's more relaxing than watching an overworked woman fall in love with a Christmas tree farmer? Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of farmer

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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farmer

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English Language Learners Definition of farmer

: a person who runs a farm

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