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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Recent Examples on the Web Anti-mask provisions have existed in US law since about 1845, the first having been passed in New York to quash a rebellion by tenant farmers in the Hudson Valley who wore disguises while attacking the police. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Coronavirus pits anti-mask laws against public health," 15 Apr. 2020 In the rural south, sharecroppers and tenant farmers, who lived in appalling conditions, struggled for fair treatment and wages. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 civil rights sites you should see before Black History Month comes to a close," 25 Feb. 2020 One reason that socialism thrived there was the appalling exploitation of these tenant farmers. Trevor Paulhus, Smithsonian, "When the Socialist Revolution Came to Oklahoma—and Was Crushed," 19 Sep. 2019 Kenzo’s family are united in their objection to his choice of bride: Katsuko may have her own fortune and career, but as the daughter of a tenant farmer, her lineage is wrong. The Economist, "A beloved Japanese detective at last appears in English," 18 Dec. 2019 That was a barrier for tenant farmers who earned an average of less than $100 a year, Flynt wrote. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama Bicentennial: 200 years of political scandals and scrapes," 4 Dec. 2019 Buyers offered rock-bottom prices for cotton, and tenant farmers had no choice but to sell, and mortgage the next year’s crop, to keep going. Trevor Paulhus, Smithsonian, "When the Socialist Revolution Came to Oklahoma—and Was Crushed," 19 Sep. 2019 Poor white tenant farmers battle fierce odds to make a living on a Texas plot. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 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

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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 5 Aug. 2020.

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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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