Origin of peasant
Examples from the Web for peasant
He was a large man, totally bald, with the rough hands of a peasant.
After wandering at haphazard some little way I met a peasant in a sleigh.
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|Joel Kotkin|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Entertaining used to require intelligence or a measure of wit or, at least, peasant cunning.
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.|Kapil Komireddi|January 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I could feel, in the cottage of such a peasant, and seated beside such men as his two sons, the full force of the remark.Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume 2|Alexander Leighton
This was a pleasanter fate than that of the Tirolese peasant who followed his herd under a stone, where they had all disappeared.The Science of Fairy Tales|Edwin Sidney Hartland
In these letters I was adjured to continue the disguise of a peasant in whatever attempts I made.The Felon's Track|Michael Doheny
What disappears as peasant property usually goes into large estates.Woman under socialism|August Bebel
It was in sad and hopeless mood that Antosh watched the autumn making its way into his peasant's hut.Yiddish Tales|Various
British Dictionary definitions for peasant
- 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
Word Origin for peasant
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.
Culture definitions for peasant
A farmer or agricultural worker of low status. The word is applied chiefly to agricultural workers in Asia, Europe, and South America, who generally adhere to traditional agricultural practices and have little social mobility or freedom.