Definition of smallholding in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsmôlhōldiNG/


chiefly British
1An agricultural holding smaller than a farm.
Example sentences
  • Some 20 years ago Midrand was an agricultural zone, with smallholdings and farmlands.
  • They are a nuisance to poultry farms and smallholdings.
  • Like much of northern Portugal, Bairrada is an area of agricultural smallholdings.
1.1The practice of farming a smallholding: cooperation with neighbors is the key to successful smallholding
More example sentences
  • The book which arose from the author's series on TV that touches on living in the country, cookery, self-sufficiency, food gathering and smallholding.
  • By the 1980s unemployment and poverty could no longer be externalized to the homelands, and remnant smallholding could no longer give a majority of African people either significant income or social support.
  • She's going to interview us for a programme about smallholding to be broadcast on Saturday 27th August (you can also listen on line, live and after the event).



Pronunciation: /ˈsmôlhōldər/
Example sentences
  • More than 60 per cent of farmers in Zambia are smallholder or peasant farmers who depend largely on rain-fed agriculture.
  • It is at this point that we see the emergence of the yeoman farmer: a peasant smallholder with up to 100 acres of land.
  • Once a food exporter, Malawi is now a net importer: persistent drought is a factor but so too are cuts in farming subsidies and smallholders switching to cash crops like tobacco.

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Syllabification: small·hold·ing

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