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

Examples of tenant farmer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mahmad Ewaz, 28, a former tenant farmer and father of four who fled fighting in Helmand province two years ago, listened to his 1-year-old daughter coughing and contemplated a single log resting in the corner. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 The hall featured a wooden cotton planter used by a South Carolina tenant farmer. New York Times, 25 Nov. 2021 The daughter of a tenant farmer and a homemaker, Boss grew up in New Glarus, a Wisconsin village populated mostly by Swiss immigrants, including her father. New York Times, 15 Dec. 2021 His son farmed the land for many years, then a tenant farmer did. WSJ, 24 Oct. 2021 Its last full renovation was during the reign of William and Mary, and when his stepmother bought it from a tenant farmer, there was no central heating. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2021 Predictably, her story became one of class struggle under Mao, said Ms. Luo, with Yang Asha fleeing a landlord sun for a moon depicted as a heroic laborer or tenant farmer. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 26 Nov. 2020 William Parker, a 30-year-old tenant farmer born in Maryland, had escaped slavery just a few years prior, and had found refuge, if not full acceptance, in this quiet corner of Pennsylvania. James Delle, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Jan. 2020 There, an African American tenant farmer named William Parker led a skirmish that became a crucial flareup in the nation’s long-smoldering conflict over slavery. James Delle, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of tenant farmer

1748, in the meaning defined above

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“Tenant farmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenant%20farmer. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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