Definitions for peasantˈpɛz ənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

peas•antˈpɛz ənt(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. (adj.)of or characteristic of peasants or their way of life.

  4. modeled on the folk costumes of Western cultures:

    peasant blouses.

    Category: Clothing

Origin of peasant:

1375–1425; late ME paissaunt < AF paisant, OF païsant, earlier païsenc=païs country (< LL pāgēnsis= L pāg(us) country district +-ēnsis -ensis ) + -enc < Gmc

Princeton's WordNet

  1. peasant, provincial, bucolic(noun)

    a country person

  2. peasant(noun)

    one of a (chiefly European) class of agricultural laborers

  3. peasant, barbarian, boor, churl, Goth, tyke, tike(noun)

    a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. peasant(noun)ˈpɛz ənt

    a very poor person who works on the land

    the harsh life of a peasant


  1. peasant(Noun)

    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.

  2. peasant(Noun)

    A country person.

  3. peasant(Noun)

    An uncouth, crude or ill-bred person.

  4. peasant(Noun)

    (strategy games) a worker unit

  5. Origin: From Late paissaunt, from paisant, from païsant, from païsan, from païs, from pagensis, from pagus + -enc, of origin, from -inc, -ing "-ing". More at -ing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peasant(noun)

    a countryman; a rustic; especially, one of the lowest class of tillers of the soil in European countries

  2. Peasant(adj)

    rustic, rural


  1. Peasant

    A peasant is a member of a traditional class of farmers, either laborers or owners of small farms, especially in the Middle Ages under feudalism, or more generally, in any pre-industrial society. In Europe, peasants were divided into three classes according to their personal status: slave, serf, and freeman. Peasants either hold title to land in fee simple, or hold land by any of several forms of land tenure, among them socage, quit-rent, leasehold, and copyhold.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'peasant' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2396

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'peasant' in Nouns Frequency: #1301

Anagrams of peasant

  1. anapest

Translations for peasant

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who lives and works on the land, especially in a poor, primitive or underdeveloped area

Many peasants died during the drought; (also adjective) a peasant farmer.

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