land·​own·​er | \ ˈland-ˌō-nər \

Definition of landowner

: an owner of land

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Other Words from landowner

landownership \ ˈland-​ˌō-​nər-​ˌship \ noun
landowning \ ˈland-​ˌō-​niŋ \ adjective or noun

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That may sound like an extraordinary and isolated event, but many local entrepreneurs and landowners are experiencing a windfall from the boom. Kacy Burdette, Fortune, "Photographing The Permian Basin," 25 May 2018 According to The Hill, this could be private landowners who could have their property seized on the border or entities that lose business because their funding is reallocated to wall construction. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Is Threatening to Declare a National Emergency to Get Border Wall Funding. Here's Why He Shouldn’t.," 11 Jan. 2019 Wolves have been shot by hunters and private landowners in a state where officials want to end the program. Anchorage Daily News, "This distinctively American wolf may be going extinct in the wild – again," 5 Feb. 2018 Private landowners must be reimbursed at a fair market value—though the value of property rights deep underground is unclear. Nicole Goodkind, Newsweek, "Trump Infrastructure Plan Includes Elon Musk-Style High-Speed Rail Tunnels And Eminent Domain," 5 Jan. 2018 White American landowners saw Mexican children as little more than prospective sources of cheap labor for the farms that would provide the wealth to fund their own children’s futures. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "How Méndez vs. Westminster Helped End Segregated Schools for Latinx Children in 1940s California," 12 Oct. 2018 In other words, the government could legally force white landowners to give up their land in return for a fair price. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Trump’s tweet echoing white nationalist propaganda about South African farmers, explained," 23 Aug. 2018 Khan had campaigned on promises to combat Pakistan's endemic corruption and break powerful landowners' monopoly on political power. Munir Ahmed, Fox News, "Pakistan's Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister," 18 Aug. 2018 The critical-habitat designation, which doesn’t directly affect the landowner, limits federal agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers from issuing permits for development projects that could harm the species. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Orders Review of Agency’s Frog-Habitat Designation," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of landowner

circa 1733, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of landowner was circa 1733

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English Language Learners Definition of landowner

: a person who owns land


land·​own·​er | \ ˈland-ˌō-nər \

Kids Definition of landowner

: a person who owns land

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