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.
Recent Examples of peasant from the Web
The source of Birch’s screenplay, a short story by 19th-century Russian writer Nikolai Leskov, has the robust wisdom of a peasant myth.
Cream was a part of the diet of the peasants, and the combination was seen as unifying the rich and the poor, the equivalent of the Cawley Family eating with Miss Patmore, Daisy and the rest of the gang in the Downton basement.
The alternative, of course, is to wield a (preferably extendable) snow brush like a peasant who has no business owning a Range Rover.
Top: Caroline Constas off-the-shoulder peasant top, $395, Neiman Marcus Fort Worth.
Anthropologists discovered similar concretely bound reasoning among Uzbek peasants way back in the 1930s; legions of whites in America have grown up in similar environments (as J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy eloquently testifies).
Across much of Asia, peasants and soldiers used to bang drums and shoot arrows into the sky to chase away the dragon that was eating the sun, according to Brewer’s book.
One who seems to exclusively wear light-wash jeans, peasant blouses, and breezy linen dresses.
That was why, Metchnikoff believed, Bulgarian peasants who regularly drank sour milk would often become centenarians.
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Origin and Etymology of peasant
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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