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Definition of "peasant" []

  • A member of the class constituted by small farmers and tenants, sharecroppers, and laborers on the land where they form the main labor force in agriculture. (noun)
  • A country person; a rustic. (noun)
  • An uncouth, crude, or ill-bred person; a boor. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "peasant" in a sentence
  • "In the tape, only one peasant is shown to possess a machete (scarcely unusual for a mountain peasant), and no guns are seen among them (although at a show-and-tell the next week, four or five weapons were displayed by the Judiciales who claimed that they came from the truck)."
  • "Those who farm in the US distance themselves from the term peasant, thinking it connotes a tenant, sharecropper, a small farmer or mere farm worker."
  • "Ugh. If the king hadn't left the sack of gold there, are we to think the peasant is a chump?"