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farmer

Line breaks: farm¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈfɑːmə
 
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Definition of farmer in English:

noun

1A person who owns or manages a farm.
Example sentences
  • It helped farmers and farm owners to stay in their property with government help.
  • The yield may not be large but farmers manage to feed their family and make a living.
  • I have made the choice to be a farmer and to manage a finite renewable resource such as water.
Synonyms
agriculturalist, agronomist, smallholder, grazier, farmhand, countryman, son/daughter of the soil;
Scottish crofter;
North American rancher
Australian/New Zealand informal cocky
archaic yeoman, husbandman
2 historical A person to whom the collection of taxes was contracted for a fee.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French fermier, from medieval Latin firmarius, firmator, from firma (see farm). sense 1 originally denoted a bailiff or steward who farmed land on the owner's behalf, or a tenant farmer.

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