What does peasant mean?

Definitions for peasant
ˈpɛz əntpeas·ant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. peasant, provincial, bucolicnoun

    a country person

  2. peasantnoun

    one of a (chiefly European) class of agricultural laborers

  3. peasant, barbarian, boor, churl, Goth, tyke, tikenoun

    a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

Wiktionary

  1. peasantnoun

    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. peasantnoun

    A country person.

  3. peasantnoun

    An uncouth, crude or ill-bred person.

  4. peasantnoun

    (strategy games) a worker unit

  5. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PEASANTnoun

    A hind; one whose business is rural labour.

    Etymology: paisant, Fr.

    He holdeth himself a gentleman, and scorneth to work, which, he saith, is the life of a peasant or churl. Edmund Spenser.

    Our superfluous lacqueys and our peasants,
    Who in unnecessary action swarm
    About our squares of battle. William Shakespeare.

    I had rather coin my heart, than wring
    From the hard hands of peasants their vile trash. William Shakespeare.

    ’Tis difficult for us, who are bred up with the same infirmities about us with which we were born, to raise our thoughts and imaginations to those intellectual perfections that attended our nature in the time of innocence, as it is for a peasant bred up in the obscurities of a cottage, to fancy in his mind the unseen splendours of a court. Robert South, Sermons.

    The citizens would bring two thousand men, with which they could make head against twelve thousand peasants. Addison.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peasantnoun

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

  2. Peasantadjective

    rustic, rural

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Peasant

    pez′ant, n. a countryman: a rustic: one whose occupation is rural labour.—adj. of or relating to peasants, rustic, rural: rude.—n. Peas′antry, the body of peasants or tillers of the soil: rustics: labourers.—Peasant proprietor, a peasant who owns and works his own farm; Peasants' War, a popular insurrection in Germany, in 1525, stamped out with horrible cruelty. [O. Fr. paisant (Fr. paysan)—pays—L. pagus, a district.]

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of peasant in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of peasant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of peasant in a Sentence

  1. Katey Sagal:

    It's easier for me in a way to have all the you know, when I put the wig on and I'm in these peasant clothes and, thank God, no high heels … and the accent, and there's just such a different it's just exciting. it’s a little different in that we have acting scenes together. We never had that in ‘Sons,’.

  2. Plato:

    All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.

  3. Hans Konig:

    For all the gold and silver stolen and shipped to Spain did not make the Spanish people richer. It gave their kings an edge in the balance of power for a time, a chance to hire more mercenary soldiers for their wars. They ended up losing those wars anyway, and all that was left was a deadly inflation, a starving population, the rich richer, the poor poorer, and a ruined peasant class.

  4. Assyrian Proverb:

    If the thunder is not loud, the peasant forgets to cross himself.

  5. Abbe Guillaume Raynal:

    The only difference between a genius and one of common capacity is that the former anticipates and explores what the latter accidentally hits upon; but even the man of genius himself more frequently employs the advantages that chance presents him; it is the lapidary who gives value to the diamond which the peasant has dug up without knowing its value.

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Translations for peasant

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  • فلاحArabic
  • селянка, селянінBelarusian
  • camperolCatalan, Valencian
  • sedlák, rolníkCzech
  • Bäuerin, Plebejerin, Bauerntum, Bauer, Bauernbub, Banause, Kleinbauer, Dorfbewohnerin, arm, Bauernlümmel, Plebejer, Bauernjunge, Dörflerin, Landmann, Dorfbewohner, Proletin, Landfrau, Bauersfrau, Dörfler, Bauernschaft, Bauernmädchen, Banausin, Prolet, KleinbäuerinGerman
  • αγρότης, χωρικός, αγροίκοςGreek
  • kamparanoEsperanto
  • campesinoSpanish
  • talonpoika, maalainen, torppari, pienviljelijä, moukkaFinnish
  • paysanne, villageoise, rustaud, paysan, rustique, villageois, rustaudeFrench
  • tuathánachIrish
  • tuathanachScottish Gaelic
  • gazdálkodó, paraszt, földművesHungarian
  • շինական, գյուղացիArmenian
  • paesano, cafona, contadino, cafone, paesana, contadinaItalian
  • 農夫, 小作人, 小百姓, 農民, 百姓Japanese
  • გლეხიGeorgian
  • 농민, 農夫, 농부, 農民Korean
  • селанец, селанка, копитоMacedonian
  • boer, landbouwer, plattelander, boerenpummmel, landarbeider, landmanDutch
  • chłop, chłopkaPolish
  • camponês, rústicoPortuguese
  • țăranRomanian
  • мужлан, мужик, крестьянин, крестьянка, селянин, деревенщинаRussian
  • seljak, сељак, кмет, kmet, сељанка, seljankaSerbo-Croatian
  • விவசாயTamil
  • селянин, селянкаUkrainian
  • 農民, nông dânVietnamese
  • feilan, länädanVolapük

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    the transportation of people (as a family or colony) to a new settlement (as after an upheaval of some kind)
    • A. relocation
    • B. match
    • C. confectionery
    • D. drought

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