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[pez-uh n-tree] /ˈpɛz ən tri/
peasants collectively.
the status or character of a peasant.
Origin of peasantry
First recorded in 1545-55; peasant + -ry Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The peasantry used to eat its tops as greens, and cook the roots in stews.

  • The blood of the peasantry manured the ground, out of which was to grow the harvest.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • He knew of the brutal ferocity of which that peasantry was capable.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • The peasantry followed him, though leisurely, in their timid hesitation.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • But for England the Donegal peasantry would have no market for their goods.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • "Behold the poverty of the peasantry," they continually do cry.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • It is stated, for example, to be very common among the Westphalian peasantry.

    Clairvoyance Charles Webster Leadbeater
  • Unlike the peasantry of other countries, they are not content.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • I will not speak of the opinions of our peasantry, for they have none.

  • They are wanderers, who live in tents, and are regarded with contempt even by the peasantry.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
British Dictionary definitions for peasantry


peasants as a class
conduct characteristic of peasants
the status of a peasant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for peasantry

1550s, from peasant + -ry.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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