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


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

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The town purchased the land from dairy farmer Bernard Zinke. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Gilbert will auction off land it was blasted for overpaying for nearly a decade ago," 12 July 2018 According to Daniela Virgona, a 47-year-old third-generation farmer in Salina, the product is so difficult to grow that only the most dedicated stewards are willing to do it. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 Certainly few places have gone to the same lengths in pursuit of soba as Nippon, which imported not just buckwheat seeds but also a buckwheat farmer from Japan, and planted both in a field outside Montreal. New York Times, "The Restaurant That Became Japan’s Unofficial Ambassador," 3 July 2018 As American farmers began raising vast quantities of livestock, meats became cheaper and accessible beyond rich households. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Why Do Carrot Hot Dogs Make You So Mad?," 3 July 2018 Rubber farmers from Thailand’s south, who supported the coup, feel betrayed that the junta has failed to prop up falling rubber prices. Time, "Thailand’s Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip," 21 June 2018 Photo: wakil kohsar/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images A farmer from Ghazni province, Mohammad Rahim, 56, left his four children and wife at his village in Gilan district and has been marching with the group for 17 days. Habib Khan Totakhil, WSJ, "Afghan Marchers Make Their Own Long Journey for Peace," 18 June 2018 First-time candidate R. Travis Brenda, 43, of Berea, who teaches at Rockcastle County High School, won the Republican primary for the House’s 71st District seat by just 123 votes over incumbent Jonathan Shell, a farmer from Lancaster. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Math teacher topples House leader in good night for teacher candidates," 23 May 2018 But that doesn't stop you from hurling insults in the direction of the farmer from behind the wheel. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "What to do if you're stuck behind slooow farm equipment," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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