- a peasant.
- a person who holds land as a cultivator of the soil.
Origin of ryot
1615–25; < Hindi raiyat < Persian < Arabic raʿīyah subjects, literally, flock
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Examples from the Web for ryots
Like the ryots and the agricultural labourers, they do not show the least sign of revolt.The New World of Islam
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.Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier
It is the business of all, from the ryots to the dewan, to conceal and deceive.
- (in India) a peasant or tenant farmer
C17: from Hindi ra`īyat, from Arabic ra`īyah flock, peasants, from ra`ā pasture