peasant

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noun peas·ant \ˈpe-zənt\

Definition of peasant

  1. 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. 2 :  a usually uneducated person of low social status They treated us like a bunch of peasants.

Examples of peasant in a Sentence

  1. They treated us like a bunch of peasants.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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PEASANT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of peasant for English Language Learners

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

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


PEASANT Defined for Kids

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noun peas·ant \ˈpe-zənt\

Definition of peasant for Students

  1. :  a farmer or farm worker of low social class



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