Definition of peasant in English:


Syllabification: peas·ant
Pronunciation: /ˈpezənt


  • 1A poor farmer of low social status who owns or rents a small piece of land for cultivation (chiefly in historical use or with reference to subsistence farming in poorer countries).
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    • As a result, poor peasants might find themselves paying their dues to a wealthy peasant, and never see the lord at all.
    • They set out the next day and at evening approached a small hut from which a poor peasant emerged.
    • The victims were from a group of poor peasants who had occupied a 49-acre plot of land.
    agricultural worker, small farmer, rustic, villein, serf, campesino
    archaic swain
    historical habitant
  • 1.1 informal An ignorant, rude, or unsophisticated person; a person of low social status.



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  • Feudal lords were authorized to collect taxes from the peasantry.
  • So why should they care about the plight of the peasantry?
  • A triple blow has hit the country's rural proletariat and peasantry.


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  • It is robust, peasanty and rustic with all the feel-good, comfort qualities of home-made food, but more interesting and commendably professional than your own, all too familiar efforts.
  • A starter of bucatini (a slightly hollow spaghetti) with squid was altogether more peasanty.
  • For a quick cheat, I think this recipe has a fairly peasanty feel to it.


late Middle English: from Old French paisent 'country dweller', from pais 'country', based on Latin pagus 'country district'.

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