[pez-uh n-tree]


peasants collectively.
the status or character of a peasant.

Origin of peasantry

First recorded in 1545–55; peasant + -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for peasantry

Historical Examples of peasantry

  • The peasantry used to eat its tops as greens, and cook the roots in stews.

  • The blood of the peasantry manured the ground, out of which was to grow the harvest.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • He knew of the brutal ferocity of which that peasantry was capable.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The peasantry followed him, though leisurely, in their timid hesitation.

  • But for England the Donegal peasantry would have no market for their goods.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

British Dictionary definitions for peasantry



peasants as a class
conduct characteristic of peasants
the status of a peasant
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Word Origin and History for peasantry

1550s, from peasant + -ry.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper