tenant farmer

noun

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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That land was worked productively by tenant farmers, who produced value through their labor. Tim O'reilly, Quartz, "Antitrust regulators are using the wrong tools to break up Big Tech," 17 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter Under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Programme, adopted in 1988, tenant farmers and landless agricultural labourers were entitled to apply to the government for land of their own. The Economist, "Filipino farmers are fighting—and dying—for land to till," 21 June 2019 The percentage of sharecroppers and tenant farmers tripled, until nearly one family in three was reduced to peonage, working for someone else—working just to live. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019 The 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. Ashok Sharma, The Seattle Times, "India arrests 5 rights activists for alleged Maoist links," 28 Aug. 2018 The 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. Ashok Sharma, Fox News, "India arrests 5 rights activists for alleged Maoist links," 28 Aug. 2018 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

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1748, in the meaning defined above

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tenant farmer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tenant farmer

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

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