- (in France, under the old monarchy) a member of a company of capitalists that farmed certain taxes.
Origin of farmer-general
1705–15; translation of French fermier-général
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Examples from the Web for farmer-general
He said: 'There was once a farmer-general—you know the rest!'
The farmer-general left none but collateral relations, who had offered the house in Rue de Bretonvilliers for sale.The Bath Keepers, v.2 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume VIII)
Charles Paul de Kock
What matters it, since he who was truly a father to her was the farmer-general, Lenormant de Tourneheim.
He was a farmer-general of the taxes, and amassed an immense fortune by grinding the poor.Curiosities of Human Nature
Her husband held the lucrative post of farmer-general to the king, and besides inherited large estates.Letters To Eugenia
Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
- (in France before 1789) a member of a group allowed to farm certain taxes