peas·​ant | \ˈpe-zᵊnt \

Definition of peasant 

1 : a member of a European class of persons tilling the soil as small landowners or as laborers This land was farmed by peasants for centuriess. also : a member of a similar class elsewhere

2 : a usually uneducated person of low social status They treated us like a bunch of peasants.

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They treated us like a bunch of peasants.

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From the mightiest Pharaoh to the lowliest peasant, who doesn’t enjoy a good sit? Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Electric scooters are inspiring lazy people to get creative," 21 Oct. 2018 The author also ignores the martial virtues that continued to resound in, say, Roman poetry, or in military exercises that kept armies of peasants and citizens in the field. Felipe Fernández-armesto, WSJ, "‘Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick’ Review: . . . and Stay Out!," 13 Sep. 2018 Exclusive to ShopBAZAAR, Mar’s charming upgrade to the peasant dress has us smitten. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Charming Upgrade to the Peasant Dress," 23 June 2018 But that’s not too long to enjoy David Walker’s French Baroque sets and costumes, or the lively contribution — in roles that range from peasants and nymphs to the fairies’ attendants and Désiré’s hunting party — of the company’s sterling corps. Jeffrey Gantz,, "Boston Ballet reawakens ‘Sleeping Beauty’," 12 May 2018 His starting point was the Andersen fairy tale about a peasant girl adopted by a rich old woman whose gift of a pair of red shoes contributes to the girl’s vanity. Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Diablo Ballet, Robert Dekkers to present new version of ‘Red Shoes’," 25 Apr. 2018 The local gentry would marshal the peasants, laborers and tribesmen into polls that would choose each Parliament. Reuel Marc Gerecht And, WSJ, "Don’t Fear Regime Change in Iran," 11 June 2018 There are no homey peasant bonfires in Cybernetic Grandma (1962), an exercise in cold, white, geometrical vistas that anticipate the chilly 2001: A Space Odyssey. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Animator Jiří Trnka created magical worlds amid stifling communist censorship," 31 May 2018 Cheo arose in the northern part of Vietnam in the Red River Delta as part of the Viet Kinh (peasant) tradition. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of peasant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peasant

Middle English paissaunt, from Anglo-French paisant, pesaunt, from pais, paiis country, from Late Latin pagensis inhabitant of a district, from Latin pagus district; akin to Latin pangere to fix — more at pact

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English Language Learners Definition of peasant

: a poor farmer or farm worker who has low social status

: a person who is not educated and has low social status


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Kids Definition of peasant

: a farmer or farm worker of low social class

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