gentleman farmer

noun
plural gentlemen farmers

Definition of gentleman farmer

: a man who farms mainly for pleasure rather than for profit

Examples of gentleman farmer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Washington was no longer a gentleman farmer nor even a general. John M. Murphy, The Conversation, "Can Joe Biden win the transition?," 8 Dec. 2020 Before long, smoke from the fires of simple timber homes marked the presence of a different kind of settler than the Virginian gentleman farmer: the intrepid woodsman squatter. Longreads, "In Pocahontas County, Deep Divisions and a Gruesome Discovery," 10 Aug. 2020 Before long, smoke from the fires of simple timber homes marked the presence of a different kind of settler than the Virginian gentleman farmer: the intrepid woodsman squatter. Longreads, "In Pocahontas County, Deep Divisions and a Gruesome Discovery," 10 Aug. 2020 Before long, smoke from the fires of simple timber homes marked the presence of a different kind of settler than the Virginian gentleman farmer: the intrepid woodsman squatter. Longreads, "In Pocahontas County, Deep Divisions and a Gruesome Discovery," 10 Aug. 2020 Before long, smoke from the fires of simple timber homes marked the presence of a different kind of settler than the Virginian gentleman farmer: the intrepid woodsman squatter. Longreads, "In Pocahontas County, Deep Divisions and a Gruesome Discovery," 10 Aug. 2020 Before long, smoke from the fires of simple timber homes marked the presence of a different kind of settler than the Virginian gentleman farmer: the intrepid woodsman squatter. Longreads, "In Pocahontas County, Deep Divisions and a Gruesome Discovery," 10 Aug. 2020 Andrew’s life was that of a lawyer and gentleman farmer who operated a large plantation with slave labor. David Buie, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Yesteryears: Builder of Antrim in Taneytown had long career as lawyer, farmer, politician in Carroll County and Kansas," 22 Aug. 2020 Before long, smoke from the fires of simple timber homes marked the presence of a different kind of settler than the Virginian gentleman farmer: the intrepid woodsman squatter. Longreads, "In Pocahontas County, Deep Divisions and a Gruesome Discovery," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of gentleman farmer

1749, in the meaning defined above

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“Gentleman farmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gentleman%20farmer. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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