small holding

  1. a piece of land rented or sold to a farmer by county authorities for purposes of cultivation.

Origin of small holding

First recorded in 1890–95

Other words from small holding

  • small holder, noun

Words Nearby small holding Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use small holding in a sentence

  • Mrs. Burston, for that was her name, was an aged widow, whose whole income depended upon a small holding of this stock.

    The Poison Belt | Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He would grin with amaze if told that his small holding formed the council-chamber in which was settled the affairs of a nation.

    The Great Mogul | Louis Tracy
  • If we may trust these figures, the typical family has a small holding of from two and a half to fifteen acres.

  • It is absurd to compare the tenant of a small holding in Mayo with an English farmer—properly so called.

    Disturbed Ireland | Bernard H. Becker
  • In fact, the Hawaiian living in his valley on his kuliana or small holding, leads an extremely irregular life.

British Dictionary definitions for smallholding


/ (ˈsmɔːlˌhəʊldɪŋ) /

  1. a holding of agricultural land smaller than a small farm

Derived forms of smallholding

  • smallholder, noun

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