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[jen-tl-muh n-fahr-mer] /ˈdʒɛn tl mənˈfɑr mər/
noun, plural gentlemen-farmers.
a man whose wealth or income from other sources permits him to farm for pleasure rather than for basic income.
a man whose income from his farm has freed him from the necessity of physical labor.
Origin of gentleman-farmer
First recorded in 1740-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for gentleman-farmer
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  • My father was a yeoman—an independent, or, as he was sometimes styled, a gentleman-farmer.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • We may be allowed to think that the "gentleman-farmer" has chosen the better part.

    South America To-day

    Georges Clemenceau
  • The successful speculator was Mr. Saxon, a gentleman-farmer, near Shepton Mallet.

  • She was very angry because Marriott, a gentleman-farmer from Ambergate, called her the little pole-cat.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • The predominant class is what one might call the gentleman-farmer, with the stress perhaps on “gentleman.”

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • Tom Brangwen the father, as he grew older, seemed to mature into a gentleman-farmer.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • Of these we may specially mention Mr. Lawrence Twentyman, who was quite the gentleman-farmer.

    The American Senator

    Anthony Trollope
  • "I'm told that his lordship offered him seven-and-six an acre for the whole of the two fields," said the gentleman-farmer.

    The American Senator

    Anthony Trollope
  • A gentleman-farmer of the neighbourhood was put into prison under the pretence that he talked German too much!

    Six Women and the Invasion Gabrielle Yerta
  • There'd only be the vicar and the local doctor, or p'r'aps a gentleman-farmer or two.

    The Promise of Air

    Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for gentleman-farmer


noun (pl) gentlemen-farmers
a person who engages in farming but does not depend on it for his living
a person who owns farmland but does not farm it personally
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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