sharecropper

noun
share·​crop·​per | \ ˈsher-ˌkrä-pər How to pronounce sharecropper (audio) \

Definition of sharecropper

: a tenant farmer especially in the southern U.S. who is provided with credit for seed, tools, living quarters, and food, who works the land, and who receives an agreed share of the value of the crop minus charges

Examples of sharecropper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His mother as a teenager had worked as a sharecropper picking cotton and tobacco. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump officials resign after Capitol mayhem," 7 Jan. 2021 Pride was raised in Sledge, Mississippi, the son of a sharecropper. CBS News, "Charley Pride, groundbreaking country music star, has died at age 86," 13 Dec. 2020 Weber was born on a farm in Hope, Ark., where her father was a sharecropper. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Newsom to nominate Shirley Weber, Assembly member from San Diego, as secretary of state," 22 Dec. 2020 Charley Pride was 14 at the time, one of 11 children of a sharecropper in Sledge, Miss., a cotton town in the Delta. Los Angeles Times, "Charley Pride, the ‘Jackie Robinson of country music,’ dies at 86 of COVID-19," 12 Dec. 2020 The pride of Sledge, Mississippi, was the son of a sharecropper who initially turned to sports as a way to a better life. Kristen M. Hall, The Christian Science Monitor, "Charley Pride: A legacy of big hits and breaking racial barriers," 13 Dec. 2020 Pride was raised in Sledge, Mississippi, the son of a sharecropper. CBS News, "Charley Pride, groundbreaking country music star, has died at age 86," 13 Dec. 2020 Pride was raised in Sledge, Mississippi, the son of a sharecropper. Bloomberg.com, "Charley Pride, Country Music's First Black Superstar, Dies at 86," 12 Dec. 2020 Pride was raised in Sledge, Mississippi, the son of a sharecropper. Mark Kennedy, Anchorage Daily News, "Charley Pride, country music’s first Black star, dies at 86," 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of sharecropper

1923, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2021

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“Sharecropper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sharecropper. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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sharecropper

noun
How to pronounce sharecropper (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sharecropper

: a farmer especially in the southern U.S. who raises crops for the owner of a piece of land and is paid a portion of the money from the sale of the crops

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