tenant farmer

noun

: a farmer who works land owned by another and pays rent either in cash or in shares of produce

Examples of tenant farmer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the early 1850s, William A. Bradley, a Maryland enslaver and the former mayor of Washington, rented out the majority of the island to tenant farmers. Sue Eisenfeld, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 The only laborers Ludvig manages to keep are a couple of runaway tenant farmers, Johannes (Morten Hee Andersen) and Ann Barbara (Amanda Collin), whom Frederik also fancies his own. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 The only laborers Ludvig manages to keep are a couple of runaway tenant farmers Johannes (Morten Hee Andersen) and Ann Barbara (Amanda Collin), whom Frederik also fancies his own. Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2024 His father and mother, Will Mae (Reed) Ogletree, were tenant farmers, picking peaches, apricots, grapes and figs around the Central Valley. Clay Risen, New York Times, 7 Aug. 2023 New Deal officials, the N.A.A.C.P., labor organizers, and Communist Party activists fanned out across the South to rally Black workers and tenant farmers. Corey Robin, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2023 The deeper, underlying cause was that Ireland, colonized by England centuries before, had been forced into a land tenure system that enabled mainly English landlords to extract substantial profits from Irish tenant farmers while leaving many of them destitute. Richard Grant, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Sep. 2023 The Pipers still farm beets and wheat on the land, but modern machinery long ago made obsolete the tenant farmers who once occupied dozens of cottages there. Nancy Hass Mikael Olsson, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023 One Jesuit, Joseph Carbery, once a student at Georgetown, had advocated for providing a degree of independence to the enslaved and enabling them to work as tenant farmers, as that would increase productivity and improve living conditions, and his arguments were enumerated again at the debate. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 27 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tenant farmer was in 1748

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“Tenant farmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenant%20farmer. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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tenant farmer

noun
: a farmer who works land owned by another and pays rent either in cash or in shares of produce

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