farmer

noun
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

Farmer

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

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

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Joined at the White House by hard-hat tower climbers, farmers and ranchers—representing groups that could benefit from 5G’s rollout in the U.S.—Mr. John D. Mckinnon And Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "U.S. Moves to Accelerate 5G Rollout in Race With China," 12 Apr. 2019 Another bill that became law is intended to preserve a historic water agreement between two sets of water users to prevent declines in the Lake Erie-sized Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer relied on by farmers and cities. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "Idaho Legislature wraps up session that ends with acrimony," 11 Apr. 2019 As a member of Local First Arizona and Slow Food USA, Christofolo is a champion of local farmers and food purveyors. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Recipes: Summer salads from Arizona chef show it's a great time to eat healthy," 5 June 2018 Some countries like Ethiopia have launched the Yayu Forest Coffee Project, which encourages farmers to plant coffee inside forests, creating a cash crop while protecting precious woodlands. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "More Than Half of Coffee Species Are in Danger of Extinction," 16 Jan. 2019 The coffee is grown and brewed by local farmers in Chiapas. Laura Itzkowitz, Vogue, "Where 4 Female Architects and Designers Will Be Hanging Out During Design Week Mexico," 1 Oct. 2018 The problem was caused by the drought, which forced farmers to pump groundwater. Dale Kasler And Phillip Reese, sacbee, "The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water," 13 July 2018 The result has farmers spending some $9 billion a year in a desperate search for the right mix of older and newer weed killers. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "A&M cotton research could open new front in war on weeds," 5 July 2018 The issues at Blue Slope reflect the problems facing farmers throughout New England - and Connecticut in particular - where family farms are being sold at an accelerating rate. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Blue Slope Farm Sells Off Its Milking Herd," 2 July 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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