[jen-tl-muh n-fahr-mer]

noun, plural gen·tle·men-farm·ers.

a man whose wealth or income from other sources permits him to farm for pleasure rather than for basic income.
a man whose income from his farm has freed him from the necessity of physical labor.

Origin of gentleman-farmer

First recorded in 1740–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gentleman-farmer

Historical Examples of gentleman-farmer

  • My father was a yeoman—an independent, or, as he was sometimes styled, a gentleman-farmer.

    The Desert Home

    Mayne Reid

  • We may be allowed to think that the "gentleman-farmer" has chosen the better part.

    South America To-day

    Georges Clemenceau

  • The successful speculator was Mr. Saxon, a gentleman-farmer, near Shepton Mallet.

  • She was very angry because Marriott, a gentleman-farmer from Ambergate, called her the little pole-cat.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

  • The predominant class is what one might call the gentleman-farmer, with the stress perhaps on “gentleman.”

    Down the Columbia

    Lewis R. Freeman

British Dictionary definitions for gentleman-farmer


noun plural gentlemen-farmers

a person who engages in farming but does not depend on it for his living
a person who owns farmland but does not farm it personally
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