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[rahy-uh t] /ˈraɪ ət/
noun, (in India)
a peasant.
a person who holds land as a cultivator of the soil.
Origin of ryot
1615-25; < Hindi raiyat < Persian < Arabic raʿīyah subjects, literally, flock Unabridged
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  • The ryot used his implements whenever and wherever he pleased.

  • They have failed and their failure is writ large on the face of the ryot.

  • He carried a lathi, and in dress and appearance looked like a ryot.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
  • This was so undeniable that Malcolm did not hesitate to ask the ryot for milk and eggs.

    The Red Year Louis Tracy
  • The ryot eyed Chumru doubtingly when Malcolm gave him five rupees.

    The Red Year Louis Tracy
  • And he walked quickly off to where the ryot was waiting and holding his guns.

    Mr. Isaacs F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for ryot


(in India) a peasant or tenant farmer
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi ra`īyat, from Arabic ra`īyah flock, peasants, from ra`ā pasture
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