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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some farmers, struggling to make ends meet, have sold their paddy fields or switched to less labour-intensive crops. The Economist, "Myanmar’s countryside is emptying and its cities bursting," 13 July 2019 Commercial netters were frustrated by sturgeon damaging their nets, and soon sturgeon were netted and piled like logs on the shoreline and burned, or shipped inland to become fertilizer for farmers. D'arcy Egan,, "Mighty sturgeon spawning in cleaner Cuyahoga River? Sewer district studies the possibility," 8 July 2019 The Trump administration created a program to provide financial relief for farmers hurt by its trade policies. CBS News, "Trump farm subsidies: Farmers find ways to boost their payments," 3 July 2019 Other professions to come are farmers, iron workers, linemen, food service workers, athletes, photographers, airplane fabricators, composers, directors, writers, teachers and other jobs. Susan Dunne,, "13 years and millions of dollars later, the ambitious, enormous American Mural Project is coming together," 1 July 2019 The president, who has staked his re-election on strong economic growth, faces risks from a trade war that has begun to hurt farmers, manufacturers and other businesses with exposure to China. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Trump Restarts China Trade Talks, but the Two Sides Remain Far Apart.," 30 June 2019 The top concern for farmers now is the lack of heat. Grace Connatser, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farmers catching up with planting despite cool, wet weather," 24 June 2019 The data mark the continuation of a trend that’s baffled beekeepers and has triggered alarm for farmers who depend on bees for pollinating their crops. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "New data show the US honeybee population is still dying in record numbers," 20 June 2019 The environment ministry claims elephants, which can weigh up to six tons, have been coming into direct conflict with farmers, when the animals try to feed off the farmers’ crops. Fox News, "Mozambican wildlife reserve wipes out elephant poaching thanks to US support group," 18 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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