gentleman farmer

noun
plural gentlemen farmers

Definition of gentleman farmer 

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

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He was born in rural Aix in 1839, the son of a bourgeois banker turned gentleman farmer. New York Times, "They Suffered for Their Cézanne Portraits," 20 June 2018 This move back to nature follows other trends, such as the paleo diet and the rise of the gentleman farmer, that urge us to make like our ancestors and simplify. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "Rowing Is a Full-Body Workout You Can Do at Any Age," 23 June 2017 The best gentleman farmer, in bib overalls, with starched shirts and a camera in one hand and a toddler in the other…trying to grow life and love in the soil God planted me in. Rory Feek, Country Living, "Rory Feek on Growing After His Wife Joey's Death—and Taking on the Garden She Loved so Much​​," 14 June 2018 Originally intended as spacious lodgings for an officer in the local army regiment, the building later housed generations of gentlemen farmers before falling into disrepair in the mid-20th century. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Swedish Mansion Once Home to Army Officers and a Nobleman," 18 Oct. 2017 The listing suggests becoming either an executive farmer or a gentleman farmer. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "Plenty of room to enjoy autumn on these New Hope properties," 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of gentleman farmer

1749, in the meaning defined above

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