farm·​er | \ ˈfär-mər How to pronounce farmer (audio) \

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


biographical name (1)
Far·​mer | \ ˈfär-mər How to pronounce Farmer (audio) \

Definition of Farmer (Entry 2 of 3)

Fannie Merritt 1857–1915 American cookery expert


biographical name (2)

Definition of Farmer (Entry 3 of 3)

James Leonard 1920–1999 American civil rights leader

Synonyms & Antonyms for farmer

Synonyms: Noun

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 Rachel Shenton returns as local farmer Helen Alderson. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 8 Jan. 2022 The site, named McGraths Flat and located in the Central Tablelands, near the town of Gulgong, was discovered by a local farmer, who found fossilized leaves in one of his fields, McCurry said. Katie Hunt, CNN, 7 Jan. 2022 Her mother, Barbara Merritt Dockery, remembers the emotional and financial strain on her daughter and son-in-law, a local farmer. Yamil Berard, ajc, 19 Dec. 2021 The course, which also had an October session, even includes a workshop with a local farmer who saved the rare Nebrodi black pig and brought it back from the brink of extinction. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 20 Oct. 2021 Sally Milius said that the group will be working with a local farmer to learn tips regarding cold-weather gardening, and how to better utilize the garden’s existing hoop house. Melanie Savage,, 18 Oct. 2021 Escobar’s father was a farmer who later became a security guard with a machete and a whistle. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2021 Leseux was a farmer, planting soy and rice, for a little while, but he was lured into gold and diamonds in the late 1980s. Georgina Gustin, NBC News, 19 Dec. 2021 To Sims, not every farm needs to solve world hunger, and not everyone should be a farmer. Melanie Canales, Wired, 29 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of farmer


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Farmer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of farmer

: a person who runs a farm

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