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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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 In the 1800s, there was a radical idea to make K-12 education free and available to non-white male landowners, OK? Fox News, "Brit Hume: Op-ed may be disloyal, but is in no way treason," 6 Sep. 2018 To pay for this new building area landowners, about 300 of them, would pay higher property taxes. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "There is a national Memorial to Fallen Educators and it is about to add 10 new names," 19 June 2018 Jamie, who exercises his law license trying to prevent efforts to encroach on the Duttons’ massive holdings, needs to think more like a landowner, not just a lawyer, complains his father. Ellen Gray,, "With Kevin Costner in 'Yellowstone,' Paramount Network finds home on the range," 15 June 2018 Meanwhile, Westropp’s family — affluent landowners at Patrickswell, Limerick, since the sixteenth century — had a much closer brush with changeling superstitions than the one recalled above. Longreads, "Fairy Scapegoats: A History of the Persecution of Changeling Children," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of landowner

circa 1733, in the meaning defined above

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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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