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 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 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, 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, 25 Feb. 2020 One reason that socialism thrived there was the appalling exploitation of these tenant farmers. Trevor Paulhus, Smithsonian, 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, 18 Dec. 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 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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