Definition of farmer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfɑːmə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːrmər//
Farm people, Professions
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a person who owns or manages a farm See related entries: Farm people, Professions Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French fermier, from medieval Latin firmarius, firmator, from firma ‘fixed payment’, from Latin firmare ‘fix, settle’ (in medieval Latin ‘contract for’), from firmus ‘constant, firm’. The current sense originally denoted ‘a bailiff’ or ‘steward who farmed land on the owner's behalf’, or ‘a tenant farmer’.Extra examples A lot of conventional farmers have converted to organic. Jefferson’s ideal of a nation of yeoman farmers Settlers were primarily subsistence farmers. a new plan to help the small farmer
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