What is peasant?

  • (noun): A crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement.
    Synonyms: barbarian, boor, churl, Goth, tyke, tike
    See also — Additional definitions below


A peasant is a member of a traditional class of farmers, either laborers or owners of small farms, especially in the Middle Ages under feudalism, or more generally, in any pre-industrial society. In Europe, peasants were divided into three classes according to their personal status: slave, serf, and freeman. Peasants either hold title to land in fee simple, or hold land by any of several forms of land tenure, among them socage, quit-rent, leasehold, and copyhold.

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Leptirica - Cast
... Vasja Stanković as Kmet Aleksandar Stojković as a peasant Tanasaije Uzunović as The priest Ivan Đurđević as a peasant Branko Petković as a peasant Toma ...
Le Cantatrici Villane - Roles
... Rosa, a peasant believed to be a widow (soprano) Agata, a peasant (soprano) Giannetta, a peasant (soprano) Don Bucefalo, a timid and ignorant choirmaster (bass) Don Marco ...
Peasant - Historiography
... classes have left the most records, and these tended to dismiss peasants as figures of coarse appetite and rustic comedy, the term "peasant" may have a pejorative rather than ... historians emphasized the importance of peasants ... Other research in the field of peasant studies was promoted by Florian Znaniecki and Fei Xiaotong, and in the post-1945 studies of the "great ...
The Eloquent Peasant
... The Eloquent Peasant is an Ancient Egyptian story about a peasant, Khun-Anup, who stumbles upon the property of the noble Rensi son of Meru, guarded by its harsh overseer, Nemtynakht ...
Abid Hassan Minto - Political Beginning - Farmers/peasants
... Minto's ties with local peasant movements are in place to date ... Along with veteran peasant leader Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad, he has worked to organize Kissan (peasant) Committees (کسان کمیٹی) in rural Punjab ...

More definitions of "peasant":

  • (noun): One of a (chiefly European) class of agricultural laborers.

Famous quotes containing the word peasant:

    That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924)

    The lord is the peasant that was,
    The peasant is the lord that shall be.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    A peasant becomes fond of his pig and is glad to salt away its pork. What is significant, and is so difficult for the urban stranger to understand, is that the two statements are connected by an and and not by a but.
    John Berger (b. 1926)