- a member of a class of persons, as in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, who are small farmers or farm laborers of low social rank.
- a coarse, unsophisticated, boorish, uneducated person of little financial means.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of peasants or their traditions, way of life, crafts, etc.
- of or designating a style of clothing modeled on the folk costumes of Western cultures, especially women's full-sleeved, round-necked blouses and long, full skirts.
Origin of peasant
Examples from the Web for peasants
Ferdinand Cheval was born the son of peasants in the tumultuous, newly democratic France.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
I'll visit the peasants around the country and make the women go on diets.What Joan Rivers Said She Would Do If She Were Dictator of America
September 5, 2014
The Queen of Sweden led 6,000 peasants to prayer at a cathedral for deliverance.The Volcano That Rewrote History
May 5, 2014
Never mind the time he put hundreds of peasants to death because someone threw a cow pie in his face.Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding
April 14, 2014
These were women of all histories: peasants, artists, and wartime heroines reaching far into future.Comme Des Garçons, Kenzo, and More Japanese Designers at Paris Fashion Week
March 4, 2014
The principal patrons of this modest watering-place are the peasants.In the Heart of Vosges
Ere they reached the copse, the peasants had disappeared within it.Leila, Complete
It was hard by the fountain, and the peasants suspended their operations to look at him.A Tale of Two Cities
Midas knew him as soon as the peasants had brought him to the king's palace.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
Above all, mark the air with which he looks down upon the peasants beside him.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- a member of a class of low social status that depends on either cottage industry or agricultural labour as a means of subsistence
- (as modifier)peasant dress
- informal a person who lives in the country; rustic
- informal an uncouth or uncultured person
Word Origin and History for peasants
early 15c., from Anglo-French paisant (mid-14c.), Old French paisent "local inhabitant" (12c., Modern French paysan), earlier paisenc, from pais "country, region" + Frankish suffix -enc "-ing."
Pais is from Late Latin pagensis "(inhabitant) of the district," from Latin pagus "country or rural district" (see pagan). As a style of garment in fashion (e.g. peasant blouse) from 1953.