a person who farms; person who operates a farm or cultivates land.
an unsophisticated person from a rural area; yokel.
a person who undertakes some service, as the care of children or the poor, at a fixed price.
a person who undertakes the collection of taxes, duties, etc., paying a fixed sum for the privilege of retaining them.
  1. a variety of twenty-one played with a 45-card pack, the object being to obtain cards having a total worth of 16.
  2. the dealer in this game.

Origin of farmer

1350–1400; Middle English fermer < Anglo-French; Old French fermier collector of revenue. See farm, -er2
Related formsfarm·er·like, adjectivepro·farm·er, adjectiveun·der·farm·er, noun




Fannie (Mer·ritt) [mer-it] /ˈmɛr ɪt/, 1857–1915, U.S. authority on cooking.
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Examples from the Web for farmer

Contemporary Examples of farmer

Historical Examples of farmer

  • He was a farmer's son, and seldom had any money in his possession.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Just across the way, there lived a farmer who had a young daughter.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • We found the farmer and his wife at home, and both received us very cordially.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • "The whole Howard lot's a stuck-up set," muttered the farmer.

  • "I guess I'll go to look after the horses," said the farmer, rising.

British Dictionary definitions for farmer



a person who operates or manages a farm
a person who obtains the right to collect and retain a tax, rent, etc, or operate a franchise for a specified period on payment of a fee
a person who looks after a child for a fixed sum



John. ?1565–1605, English madrigal composer and organist
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Word Origin and History for farmer

late 14c., "one who collects taxes, etc.," from Anglo-French fermer, French fermier, from Medieval Latin firmarius, from firma (see farm (n.)). In the agricultural sense, 1590s, replacing native churl and husbandman.

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