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.
Examples of peasant in a sentence
They treated us like a bunch of peasants.
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
First Known Use: 15th century
PEASANT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of peasant for Students
: a farmer or farm worker of low social class
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