peasant

  • 1 Peasant — Peas ant, n. [OF. pa[ i]sant (the i being perh. due to confusion with the p. pr. of verbs), pa[ i]san, F. paysan, fr. OF. & F. pays country, fr. L. pagus the country. See {Pagan}.] A countryman; a rustic; especially, one of the lowest class of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Peasant — Peas ant, a. Rustic, rural. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 peasant — index ignoble Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 peasant — early 15c., from Anglo Fr. paisant (mid 14c.), O.Fr. paisent (12c.), earlier paisenc, from pais country, region + Frankish suffix enc ing. Pais is from L.L. pagensis inhabitant of the district, from L. pagus country or rural district (see PAGAN… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 peasant — [n] farmer boor, bumpkin, countryman/woman, cropper, farmhand, hayseed*, hick*, hired hand, laborer, peon, planter, provincial, rube, rustic, serf, sharecropper, villein; concepts 347,348,423 …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 peasant — ► NOUN 1) a poor smallholder or agricultural labourer of low social status. 2) informal an ignorant, rude, or unsophisticated person. DERIVATIVES peasantry noun. ORIGIN Old French paisent, from pais country …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 peasant — [pez′ənt] n. [LME paissaunt < Anglo Fr paisant < MFr païsent < OFr < païs, country < LL pagensis, belonging to the district < pagus, district: see PAGAN] 1. any person of the class of small farmers or of farm laborers, as in… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Peasant — A peasant is an agricultural worker who subsists by working a small plot of ground. The word is derived from 15th century French païsant meaning one from the pays , or countryside. The term peasant today is sometimes used in a pejorative sense… …

    Wikipedia

  • 9 peasant — peasantlike, adj. /pez euhnt/, n. 1. a member of a class of persons, as in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, who are small farmers or farm laborers of low social rank. 2. a coarse, unsophisticated, boorish, uneducated person of little financial… …

    Universalium

  • 10 peasant */ — UK [ˈpez(ə)nt] / US [ˈpezənt] noun [countable] Word forms peasant : singular peasant plural peasants 1) someone who works on another person s farm or on their own small farm. This word is used mainly about people in poor countries or people in… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 peasant —    Used as a term of abuse to a person, usually a man, to imply that he is without education or manners. The term is certainly not obsolete, as the Oxford English Dictionary states, though it is less used now than in earlier times.    The… …

    A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • 12 peasant — noun (C) 1 someone in a poor country or in former times, who does farm work on the piece of land where they live: He was born into a peasant family during the 1930s. 2 informal someone who does not have good manners or much education: Don t be… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 peasant — noun Peasant is used before these nouns: ↑agriculture, ↑blouse, ↑class, ↑farmer, ↑origin, ↑rebellion, ↑resistance, ↑revolt, ↑rising, ↑unrest, ↑uprising …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 peasant — Synonyms and related words: Babbitt, Bauer, Philistine, agriculturalist, agriculturist, agrologist, agronomist, arriviste, boor, bounder, bourgeois, bucolic, bumpkin, cad, churl, clod, clodhopper, clown, coffee planter, collective farm worker,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 peasant — peas|ant [ˈpezənt] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: paisant, from païs country , from Latin pagus; PAGAN2] 1.) a poor farmer who owns or rents a small amount of land, either in past times or in poor countries ▪ Most villagers are peasant …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 peasant — peas|ant [ pezənt ] noun count * 1. ) someone who works on another person s farm or on their own small farm. This word is used mainly about people in poor countries or people in history: The majority of the population are landless peasants. a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 peasant — [[t]pe̱z(ə)nt[/t]] peasants N COUNT: oft supp N, N n A peasant is a poor person of low social status who works on the land; used of people who live in countries where farming is still a common way of life. ...the peasants in the Peruvian… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 peasant — peas•ant [[t]ˈpɛz ənt[/t]] n. 1) a member of a class of small farmers or farm laborers of low social rank, as in Europe, Asia, or Latin America 2) a coarse, uneducated person 3) of or characteristic of peasants or their way of life 4) clo modeled …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 peasant — noun Etymology: Middle English paissaunt, from Anglo French paisant, pesaunt, from pais, paiis country, from Late Latin pagensis inhabitant of a district, from Latin pagus district; akin to Latin pangere to fix more at pact Date: 15th century 1.… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 peasant — noun /ˈpɛzənt/ a) A member of the lowly social class which toils on the land, constituted by small farmers and tenants, sharecroppers, farmhands and other laborers on the land where they form the main labor force in agriculture and horticulture.… …

    Wiktionary


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