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

Definition of farmer

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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)


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

Definition of Farmer (Entry 2 of 3)

Fannie Merritt 1857–1915 American cookery expert


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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

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 His father, Horácio Gonçalves de Oliveira, was a subsistence farmer. Michael Astor, New York Times, "Arolde de Oliveira, Conservative Brazilian Senator, Dies at 83," 5 Nov. 2020 Hank Choate is a dairy farmer who sits on the board of directors for the Michigan Milk Producers Association. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "Meet the people who will cast Michigan's Electoral College votes," 4 Nov. 2020 Bloomquist, who is a farmer, said Trump has been a big improvement over his predecessor. Brianne Pfannenstiel, USA TODAY, "Poll: Donald Trump leads Joe Biden by 7 points among Iowa voters," 1 Nov. 2020 Sylvia Watchman is a farmer from Chinle, Arizona, a town of fewer than 5,000 inhabitants on the outskirts of Canyon de Chelly, where Watchman, a member of the Navajo Nation, has lived all her life. Kirsi-marja Hayrinen-beschloss, The New Republic, "“Over Half of the People Who Used to Grow Crops Here Can’t Do It Anymore”," 16 Oct. 2020 By 1996, the first 1,000-pound pumpkin was grown; and by 2012, the first 2,000-pounder was grown, by Ron Wallace, who was also not a farmer. Christopher Borrelli,, "A dedicated cult of growers look to grow the biggest giant pumpkin in Illinois, aiming for 2,000 pounds. And the winner is ...," 2 Oct. 2020 Her mother, Alice Josephine, was from nearby Oliver Springs, Tennessee, where Jo Ann’s grandfather was a farmer and a lumberjack. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Undoing of a Tennessee Town," 30 Sep. 2020 Weeks, 38, was a farmer running under the Legal Marijuana Now Party — which received 5.3% of the vote in the state's 2018 auditor race — against freshman Democratic Rep. Angie Craig. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, "Minnesota House candidate's death delays election," 26 Sep. 2020 Her father was a farmer, and her mother became a teacher. Washington Post, "Lillian Brown, makeup artist and image consultant for nine presidents, dies at 106," 26 Sep. 2020

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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 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of farmer

: a person who runs a farm

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