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Syllabification: peas·ant
Pronunciation: /ˈpez(ə)nt

Definition of peasant in English:


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).
Example sentences
  • 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.


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



Example sentences
  • 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.


Example sentences
  • 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.

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