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tenant farmer

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The energies of the church should be devoted to the tenant farmer.

  • He also taught me to regard the tenant farmer as superior to all other varieties of his class.

    All Men are Ghosts L. P. Jacks
  • Only in very exceptional cases has a tenant farmer been elected.

    The Rise of the Democracy

    Joseph Clayton
  • He was a tenant farmer precisely as the name is understood here, with this difference—he owned a little land as well.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Even this child could see the impropriety of a tenant farmer having a son named Gerald.

    A Fortnight of Folly Maurice Thompson
  • Edwards had been a tenant farmer where his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather had lived before him.

  • Lack of resources caused the loss of the land, and the peasant proprietor found himself a tenant farmer.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • Here is a tenant farmer whose political principles prompt him to vote in opposition to his landlord.

    The Data of Ethics

    Herbert Spencer
  • In other words, the system of leasing the little farms came into use, and from that came the tenant farmer.

  • No tenant farmer can vote against his landlord in obedience to his conscience without the risk of ruining his family.

British Dictionary definitions for tenant farmer

tenant farmer

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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