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grazier

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noun Chiefly British.
  1. a person who grazes cattle for the market.

Origin of grazier

First recorded in 1225–75, grazier is from the Middle English word grasier. See graze1, -ier1
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Examples from the Web for grazier

Historical Examples

  • Here the grazier takes them over and drives them out to pasture.

    The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India

    R. V. Russell

  • The interests of the grazier and agriculturalist were at variance.

  • He was accompanied by the grazier, who chanced to be journeying in the same direction.

    The Boy Slaves

    Mayne Reid

  • A very small stock for a vee-boor, or South African grazier.

    The Bush Boys

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • But it was not true: Forster's father was a large "grazier" or dealer in cattle.

    John Forster

    Percy Hethrington Fitzgerald


British Dictionary definitions for grazier

grazier

noun
  1. a rancher or farmer who rears or fattens cattle or sheep on grazing land
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Word Origin and History for grazier

n.

late 13c. as a surname, agent noun from graze (v.1).

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