gentleman farmer


plural gentlemen farmers
: a man who farms mainly for pleasure rather than for profit

Examples of gentleman farmer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web California’s beautiful water was tamed water, a community irrigation water system ideal for the gentleman farmer. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 And if tuning out entirely isn’t your speed, such activities as foraging, beekeeping, flower collecting, and focaccia baking are all available to bolster the gentleman farmer vibe. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 18 June 2023 Saint Isidore is depicted as a 19th-century hidalgo, or gentleman farmer, with a giant staff loosening a gush of water from the earth for the peasants at his feet. Globe Staff,, 30 Mar. 2023 And Rutherford is a gentleman farmer of sorts. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 27 June 2021 Peter seems the classic gentleman farmer. Allan Ripp, WSJ, 24 June 2021 After attending medical school in the 1740s, Hutton opted to become a gentleman farmer. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2017 As the daughter of a gentleman farmer, Em grew up mucking stalls, chopping wood and cleaning the chicken coup. Alex Belth, Good Housekeeping, 22 July 2022 Washington was no longer a gentleman farmer nor even a general. John M. Murphy, The Conversation, 8 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gentleman farmer was in 1616

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“Gentleman farmer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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