- a member of a class of persons, as in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, who are small farmers or farm laborers of low social rank.
- a coarse, unsophisticated, boorish, uneducated person of little financial means.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of peasants or their traditions, way of life, crafts, etc.
- of or designating a style of clothing modeled on the folk costumes of Western cultures, especially women's full-sleeved, round-necked blouses and long, full skirts.
Origin of peasant
Examples from the Web for peasant
He was a large man, totally bald, with the rough hands of a peasant.In Chile, Poetry Outlives the Dictators
October 27, 2014
After wandering at haphazard some little way I met a peasant in a sleigh.Book Bag: Beguiling if Unlikely Travel Books
September 4, 2014
Some “new men” from peasant and artisan backgrounds rose, but many others became part of an impoverished proletariat.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
August 10, 2014
Entertaining used to require intelligence or a measure of wit or, at least, peasant cunning.Welcome to Showbiz Sharia Law
P. J. O’Rourke
May 4, 2014
His template for government was the peasant fantasy he dreamed up during his years of service on a Soviet pig farm.Forget Kim Jong Un—China’s New Favorite Dictator Is Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.
January 28, 2014
"Oh, blessed be the sound of your voice," replied the peasant.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Bentzon gives us for hero the village doctor, son of a peasant.
I have now a fairly representative experience of the French peasant.
Do come out, or the peasant will stick his pitchfork into you.Rico and Wiseli
He had a muffler round his neck, and was wearing a peasant's cloak of a dark colour.My Double Life
- a member of a class of low social status that depends on either cottage industry or agricultural labour as a means of subsistence
- (as modifier)peasant dress
- informal a person who lives in the country; rustic
- informal an uncouth or uncultured person
Word Origin and History for peasant
early 15c., from Anglo-French paisant (mid-14c.), Old French paisent "local inhabitant" (12c., Modern French paysan), earlier paisenc, from pais "country, region" + Frankish suffix -enc "-ing."
Pais is from Late Latin pagensis "(inhabitant) of the district," from Latin pagus "country or rural district" (see pagan). As a style of garment in fashion (e.g. peasant blouse) from 1953.