poor farm


: a farm maintained at public expense for the support and employment of needy persons

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And, perhaps, more worthy of the respect for which a poor farm girl once longed. Sarah Smarsh, Harper’s Magazine , 26 Oct. 2022 The forest preserve district’s plans for the Oak Forest Heritage Preserve, along with recreational trails, include a historical museum to educate the public about the poor farm’s history. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, 27 Nov. 2020 The poor farm stayed in that location until 1881, when an arsonist burned down the building. Jess Cohen, Post-Tribune, 18 May 2018 And one of the buildings featured on its Historic Preservation Month posters is Knox County's own poor farm. Jess Cohen, Post-Tribune, 18 May 2018 When Indiana became a state in 1816, the constitution contained a provision for counties to establish poor farms, but nothing was mandated. Jess Cohen, Post-Tribune, 18 May 2018 Both the Union and Evening Tribune report the death of the town dog, Bum, age 11 years, at the county poor farm. Merrie Monteagudo, sandiegouniontribune.com, 15 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poor farm was in 1852

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“Poor farm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poor%20farm. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

poor farm

: a farm kept by the government for the support and employment of poor people
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