- a person who farms the land of another and pays rent with cash or with a portion of the produce.
Origin of tenant farmer
First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for tenant farmer
I take the free-trade landlord, and I take the tenant-farmer.
One of his relations was a tenant-farmer in Marmaros, in Hungary.The Jews of Barnow
Karl Emil Franzos
He was a tenant-farmer's son, this Roger, and a likely good-for-naught.Master Skylark
One word on the subject of the income tax, which is now so oppressive to the tenant-farmer.
In speaking of the tenant-farmers he said, 'The tenant-farmer will under free trade be an independent man.
- a person who farms land rented from another, the rent usually taking the form of part of the crops grown or livestock reared
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