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



    BrE BrE//ˈpeznt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeznt//
    Farm people
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  1. 1(especially in the past, or in poorer countries) a farmer who owns or rents a small piece of land peasant farmers a peasant family peasant revolts See related entries: Farm people
  2. 2(informal, disapproving) a person who is rude, behaves badly, or has little education synonym lout
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French paisent ‘country dweller’, from pais ‘country’, based on Latin pagus ‘country district’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: peasant