What does peasantry mean?

Definitions for peasantry
ˈpɛz ən tripeas·ant·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. peasantrynoun

    the class of peasants


  1. peasantrynoun

    Impoverished rural farm workers, either as serfs, small freeholders or hired hands.

  2. peasantrynoun

    An ignorant person of the lowest social status; bumpkins, rustics.

  3. Etymology: Middle English paissaunt

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Peasantrynoun

    Peasants; rusticks; country people.

    How many then should cover, that stand bare?
    How much low peasantry would then be gleaned
    From the true seed of honour? how much honour
    Pickt from the chaff? William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    The peasantry in France under a much heavier pressure of want and poverty than the day-labourers of England of the reformed religion, understood it much better than those of a higher condition among us. John Locke.


  1. peasantry

    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.


  1. peasantry

    Peasantry refers to the class of rural, agricultural workers, typically small farmers or laborers, who reside in non-industrialized areas either in past societies or developing countries. They often live in small communities and work to sustain themselves and their families through farming and related activities. The term is sometimes used in a derogatory manner to portray a lower socio-economic status. Historically, peasantry were tied to the feudal system and were subject to the ruling classes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peasantrynoun

    peasants, collectively; the body of rustics

  2. Peasantrynoun

    rusticity; coarseness

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of peasantry in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of peasantry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of peasantry in a Sentence

  1. Oliver Goldsmith:

    Ill fares the land, to hast'ning ill a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay Princes and Lords may flourish, or may fade A breath can make them, as a breath has made but a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed can never be supplied.

  2. Leon Trotsky:

    If the Revolution has the right to destroy bridges and art monuments whenever necessary, it will stop still less from laying its hand on any tendency in art which, no matter how great its achievement in form, threatens to disintegrate the revolutionary environment or to arouse the internal forces of the Revolution, that is, the proletariat, the peasantry and the intelligentsia, to a hostile opposition to one another. Our standard is, clearly, political, imperative and intolerant.

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    standing above others in quality or position
    A appellative
    B eminent
    C indiscernible
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