Definitions for ryotˈraɪ ət
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(in India) a tenant farmer; peasant.
Category: Indian (India)
Origin of ryot:
1615–25; < Hindi raiyat < Pers < Ar ra‘īyah subjects, lit., flock
A farmer or tiller of the soil.
a peasant or cultivator of the soil
Ryot was a general economic term used throughout India for peasant cultivators but with variations in different provinces. While zamindars were landlords, raiyats were tenants and cultivators, and served as hired labour. A raiyat was primarily defined as someone who has acquired a right to hold land for the purpose of cultivating it, whether alone or by members of his family, hired servants, or partners. It also referred to succession rights.
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