Definition of ryot
: a peasant, tenant farmer, or cultivator of the soil in India
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of ryot
Hindi raiyat, raʽīyat, from Persian, from Arabic raʽīyah flock, herd
First Known Use: 1625
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up ryot? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).