(in France, under the old monarchy) a member of a company of capitalists that farmed certain taxes.
- far·mer-gen·er·al·ship, noun
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How to use farmer-general in a sentence
Her husband held the lucrative post of farmer-general to the king, and besides inherited large estates.Letters To Eugenia | Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
The latter, it transpired, was a wealthy farmer-general, who had a fancy for playing the part of Mcenas.Queens of the French Stage | H. Noel Williams
What matters it, since he who was truly a father to her was the farmer-general, Lenormant de Tourneheim.
Bodard lived in the fine house in the Place Vendôme which the farmer-general Dangé had not long since been compelled to quit.The Works of Honor de Balzac | Honor de Balzac
The same officers also attached their own boxes for the receipt of customs to the gates, in lieu of those of the farmer-general.Architectural Antiquities of Normandy | John Sell Cotman
British Dictionary definitions for farmer-general
(in France before 1789) a member of a group allowed to farm certain taxes
- farmer-generalship, noun
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