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


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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

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

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of farmer in a Sentence


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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Before, her boutique had only been featured in farmer’s markets or in other local boutiques around Milwaukee. Alexa Buechler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "BlackBear Children's Boutique pop-up store opening for the summer on Downer Avenue," 13 June 2019 Learn about early settlers and farmers who came to the region in the 1800s. Staff Report,, "Community news," 12 June 2019 Childs plans to visit eastern Colorado this summer to conduct interviews with farmers and hear their personal experiences with hailstorms. Jodi Torpey, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s future holds more and bigger hail, CSU weather researcher says," 12 June 2019 There’s something inherently funny about little French farmers traipsing across your body in a Dior swimsuit. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "The History Behind The Star Print of Dior's Latest Swimsuit Collection, Toile de Jouy," 12 June 2019 Learn how farmers have adapted to their geography, and investigate China’s rapid economic transformation from the perspectives of local merchants, entrepreneurs, or environmentalists. National Geographic, "China High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Most of the roughly 300 people who live there work as farmers. Talia Richman,, "'The American dream — except it's real': Baltimore student who immigrated from Mexico heads to Ivy League," 12 June 2019 America’s farmers have been crushed by his tariff war with China. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "As Trump likens Biden to 'Crooked Hillary,' Biden says Trump era 'has got to end'," 12 June 2019 Like most farmers, Kestle does not welcome tariffs. CBS News, "American farmers suffering amid trade war with China and record rainfall," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of farmer


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of farmer

: a person who runs a farm

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