small·​hold·​ing ˈsmȯl-ˌhōl-diŋ How to pronounce smallholding (audio)
chiefly British
: a small farm
smallholder noun

Examples of smallholding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According To Nutritionists By Hannah Coates The rural setting of Glebe House, a restaurant with rooms surrounded by a 15-acre smallholding, is crucial to the spell of the place, which is heavy on Devonshire air and the scent of baking porridge bread. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, 3 May 2024 Its contemporary décor is a world away from Heathcliff’s ramshackle smallholding, and includes luxuries like a swimming pool. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2018 Today, farmers from 1,448 smallholdings, including representatives of 25 ethnic minority groups such as the Lahu and Wa, bring their crops to Nestlé’s spanking new Pu’er headquarters. Time, 5 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of smallholding was in 1696

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“Smallholding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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