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.
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How to use gentleman-farmer in a sentence
Thus she astonished a gentleman farmer by drawing attention to the fine points of his horses.George Eliot | Mathilde Blind
We may be allowed to think that the "gentleman-farmer" has chosen the better part.South America To-day | Georges Clemenceau
He was a pleasant, hollow-chested little man; his delicacy of lung gave him his excuse for playing gentleman farmer.The Readjustment | Will Irwin
Squireen′, a gentleman farmer, one almost a squire; Squire′hood, the state or rank of a squire—also Squire′ship.
We were now reminded of the English tenant, or even gentleman-farmer—with a difference.In the Heart of Vosges | Matilda Betham-Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for gentleman-farmer
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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