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[rahy-uh t]
noun (in India)
  1. a peasant.
  2. a person who holds land as a cultivator of the soil.
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Origin of ryot

1615–25; < Hindi raiyat < Persian < Arabic raʿīyah subjects, literally, flock
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Examples from the Web for ryots

Historical Examples

  • Like the ryots and the agricultural labourers, they do not show the least sign of revolt.

    The New World of Islam

    Lothrop Stoddard

  • The farmers in Egypt irrigate in the same way as the ryots of India.

    The Critic in the Orient

    George Hamlin Fitch

  • Indian ryots are quite as receptive of new ideas as English farmers.

    Tales of Bengal

    S. B. Banerjea

  • Certain deductions have to be made—some ryots may be defaulters.

  • It is the business of all, from the ryots to the dewan, to conceal and deceive.

British Dictionary definitions for ryots


  1. (in India) a peasant or tenant farmer
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Word Origin

C17: from Hindi ra`īyat, from Arabic ra`īyah flock, peasants, from ra`ā pasture
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