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

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Recent Examples on the Web Yet the sharecropper’s eighth child always saw herself as a tourist in the realm of affluence, even with cash on hand. The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 Nate Cunningham was the seventh of 14 children born to an Arkansas sharecropper and attended a segregated grade school in Illinois. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Apr. 2022 Stories like Joe Pullum, a Black Mississippi sharecropper who killed four white men and wounded 15 others after a dispute with a local plantation owner over wages. Darcel Rockett,, 16 Feb. 2022 For one particular scene about 17 minutes into the film, the camera lingered for the first time on Blige’s Florence Jackson—the wife of a sharecropper in Mississippi and mother to a daughter and three sons. Nerisha Penrose, ELLE, 26 Jan. 2022 Minner, a sharecropper’s daughter, high school dropout and widow, was the only woman to serve as Delaware’s governor, holding office from 2001 to 2009. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2021 Ruth Ann Minner, a sharecropper’s daughter who became the only woman to serve as Delaware’s governor, has died. Randall Chase,, 8 Nov. 2021 Guy tell stories about the hard road from Louisiana sharecropper’s son to recording with giants, and still having to hold down a job to make ends meet. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 The son of a sharecropper, Bayless was born on Oct. 26, 1937, in Ruleville, Mississippi. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sharecropper

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Sharecropper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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