peas·​ant | \ ˈpe-zᵊnt How to pronounce peasant (audio) \

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 centuries. 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 on the Web All the peasant flavors packed into a posh prep that sings, its razor-thin slices racked up like a dealer’s chips in Monaco. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2022 Osyka’s Stone Cross is a quiet, minimalistic film that follows an impoverished peasant family at the end of the 19th century in the Galicia region of western Ukraine. Joshua First, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022 His father was a Russian Army captain, his mother a Ukrainian peasant. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Comedy is the peasant’s revenge on the king; laughter is man’s revenge on God. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 13 Mar. 2022 Scamardella knows he’s transforming Italian peasant food into a luxury item, so his meatball has a mix of Wagyu (including chuck and knuckle meat), veal and housemade pork sausage. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 3 Mar. 2022 That sort of shape was there in other pieces, too, like a marigold yellow shirt dress with hulking peasant football sleeves that were ruched and laced up the forearms, adding an elegant twist to the simple piece. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 15 Feb. 2022 The latter is the only building still standing, but the foundations of the houses, built by the noble Percy family, can still be seen, as can those of the surrounding peasant homes. Joe Minihane, CNN, 9 Feb. 2022 His novels, rich in themes and scenes drawn from his own peasant beginnings, amounted to a continuing morality play about the poverty and class divisions of the Philippines, a nation seemingly in thrall to fiefs, oligarchies and political dynasties. New York Times, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Peasant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of peasant

: a farmer or farm worker of low social class


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