agrar·​i·​an | \ ə-ˈgrer-ē-ən How to pronounce agrarian (audio) \

Definition of agrarian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to fields or lands or their tenure agrarian landscapes
2a : of, relating to, or characteristic of farmers or their way of life agrarian values
b : organized or designed to promote agricultural interests an agrarian political party



Definition of agrarian (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of an agrarian party or movement (see agrarian entry 1 sense 2b)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for agrarian

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Today, an acre is generally considered to be a unit of land measuring 43,560 square feet (4,047 square meters). Before that standard was set, it's believed that an acre represented a rougher measurement - the amount of land that could be plowed in one day with a yoke of oxen. Both acre and agrarian, derive from the Latin noun ager and the Greek noun agros, meaning "field." (You can probably guess that agriculture is another descendant.) Agrarian, first used in English in the 16th century, describes things pertaining to the cultivation of fields, as well as the farmers who cultivate them.

Examples of agrarian in a Sentence

Adjective a town founded in 1811 as an agrarian community
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One occurred in 7176 B.C., as nomadic hunter-gatherer societies gave way to agrarian settlements, and the other did so in 5259 B.C., as the planet emerged from the final throes of its latest ice age. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 13 Sep. 2021 Authorities estimate overall economic losses at nearly 90 billion yuan ($14 billion), a devastating blow to the province's heavily agrarian economy. Dake Kang, Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 Authorities estimate overall economic losses at nearly 90 billion yuan ($14 billion), a devastating blow to the province’s heavily agrarian economy. Dake Kang, ajc, 30 July 2021 Festivalgoers can hear farmers and artists educate and inspire on the FarmYard Stage and learn agrarian skills and celebrate the cultures of agriculture in the HOMEGROWN Skills tent. Thom Duffy, Billboard, 20 July 2021 Preindustrial America was more rural and agrarian, and people worked during daylight hours, pausing midmorning and later in the afternoon. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2021 Until about a century ago, in a more agrarian time, the average dog was a fixture of the American barnyard. Daniel Dorsa, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Nov. 2020 Mecklenburg is rural and emphatically agrarian—not exactly frozen in time, but occupying a very different space. Sigrid Macrae, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 Residents embrace the area’s agrarian past: West Friendship boasts the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum, which has a working blacksmith shop that offers forge time to the public. Mike Klingaman,, 21 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The writer-agrarian-soil conservationist founded Malabar Farm in Mansfield. Marc Bona, cleveland, 7 Dec. 2020 Closing the forts frustrated foreclosure proceedings; moreover, for Shay’s enraged agrarians, the courts were a tangible symbol of the eastern moneyed interest and of a government unresponsive to their needs. Thomas Wendel, National Review, 4 July 2019 Southern agrarians disdained capitalism; Peter Viereck spent his time lecturing Americans on the virtues of Metternich and that great homegrown Tory, FDR. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 4 June 2019 There are the populares of Ancient Rome, the agrarians of nineteenth-century Wisconsin, and the Peronists of twentieth-century Argentina. Yascha Mounk, New Republic, 19 July 2017 Jefferson, an agrarian, generally opposed a strong central government. Jonathan W. White, Smithsonian, 17 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of agrarian


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1795, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agrarian


Latin agrārius "of landed property" (from agr-, ager "piece of land, field" + -ārius -ary entry 2) + -an entry 2 — more at acre


derivative of agrarian entry 1

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“Agrarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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: of or relating to farms and farming

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