Definitions for peasant
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word peasant.
peasant, provincial, bucolicnoun
a country person
one of a (chiefly European) class of agricultural laborers
peasant, barbarian, boor, churl, Goth, tyke, tikenoun
a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement
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.
A country person.
An uncouth, crude or ill-bred person.
(strategy games) a worker unit
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
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.
A peasant is a pre-industrial agricultural laborer or a farmer with limited land-ownership, especially one living in the Middle Ages under feudalism and paying rent, tax, fees, or services to a landlord. In Europe, three classes of peasants existed: slave, serf, and free tenant. Peasants might hold title to land either in fee simple or by any of several forms of land tenure, among them socage, quit-rent, leasehold, and copyhold.In some contexts, "peasant" has a pejorative meaning, even when referring to farm laborers. As early as in 13th-century Germany, the concept of "peasant" could imply "rustic" as well as "robber", as the English term villain/villein. In 21st-century English, the word "peasant" can mean "an ignorant, rude, or unsophisticated person". The word rose to renewed popularity in the 1940s–1960s as a collective term, often referring to rural populations of developing countries in general, as the "semantic successor to 'native', incorporating all its condescending and racial overtones".The word peasantry is commonly used in a non-pejorative sense as a collective noun for the rural population in the poor and developing countries of the world. Via Campesina, an organization claiming to represent the rights of about 200 million farm-workers around the world, self-defines as an "International Peasant's Movement" as of 2019. The United Nations and its Human Rights Council prominently uses the term "peasant" in a non-pejorative sense, as in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas adopted in 2018. In general English-language literature, the use of the word "peasant" has steadily declined since about 1970.
A peasant is a person who lives in a rural area and works as an agricultural laborer or farmer, often with low socioeconomic status. Historically, this term often refers to the small landowners or farm workers of low social status in pre-industrial societies, typically living in feudal or similar systems and working under subsistence farming conditions. The term can sometimes carry negative connotations related to poverty or simplicity.
a countryman; a rustic; especially, one of the lowest class of tillers of the soil in European countries
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
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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Peasant is ranked #116829 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Peasant surname appeared 149 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Peasant.
98.6% or 147 total occurrences were Black.
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'peasant' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2396
Rank popularity for the word 'peasant' in Nouns Frequency: #1301
The numerical value of peasant in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of peasant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
If the thunder is not loud, the peasant forgets to cross himself.
Fr., I want there to be no peasant in my realm so poor that he will not have a chicken in his pot every Sunday.
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,’.
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
It would be nice if he decided, once we are in power, to sell his Incauca farm to the government so we can give it to peasant farmers.
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Translations for peasant
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- 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
- talonpoika, maalainen, torppari, pienviljelijä, moukkaFinnish
- paysanne, villageoise, rustaud, paysan, rustique, villageois, rustaudeFrench
- 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
- 농민, 農夫, 농부, 農民Korean
- селанец, селанка, копитоMacedonian
- boer, landbouwer, plattelander, boerenpummmel, landarbeider, landmanDutch
- chłop, chłopkaPolish
- camponês, rústicoPortuguese
- мужлан, мужик, крестьянин, крестьянка, селянин, деревенщинаRussian
- seljak, сељак, кмет, kmet, сељанка, seljankaSerbo-Croatian
- селянин, селянкаUkrainian
- 農民, nông dânVietnamese
- feilan, länädanVolapük
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