tenant farmer


Definition of tenant farmer 

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

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The Maoist rebels, inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, have been fighting the Indian government for more than four decades, demanding land and jobs for tenant farmers, the poor and indigenous communities. Fox News, "Maoist rebels detonate bomb in east India; 5 police killed," 20 May 2018 Prominent civil rights leader Julian Bond once called California port truckers the new black tenant farmers of the post-Civil War South. The Courier-Journal, "OH SNAP!," 16 June 2017 The Maoist rebels, who claim inspiration from Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, have been fighting the Indian government for more than four decades, demanding land and jobs for tenant farmers and the poor. Fox News, "Police say 14 Maoist rebels killed in raid in western India," 22 Apr. 2018 Pearl Phillips was born in Grundy, Va., the daughter of William Phillips and Mary Luella Phillips, tenant farmers. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Pearl S. Barnes, executive secretary," 10 Apr. 2018 By 1845, much of the population—mainly poor people and tenant farmers—depended on a potato-heavy diet. Sena Christian, Newsweek, "Breakfast in Post-Apocalypse America: Inside Colorado's Fort Knox of Food," 19 Nov. 2015 When the Army Corps approached them, Tomas had long ceased working the land himself, instead renting it out to tenant farmers. T. Christian Miller, Propublica, Kiah Collier And Julian Aguilar, star-telegram, "How federal government seized property for border fence | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 14 Dec. 2017 The property, with a likely array of tenant farmers, provided income for the officer, who could live there during his service. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Swedish Mansion Once Home to Army Officers and a Nobleman," 18 Oct. 2017 That leaves poor tenant farmers mired in debt, with no means to invest. The Economist, "BanyanFor Asia, the path to prosperity starts with land reform," 12 Oct. 2017

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English Language Learners Definition of tenant farmer

: a farmer who raises crops on land that is rented from someone else

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