Definition of peasant
1 : a member of a European class of persons tilling the soil as small landowners or as laborers This land was farmed by peasants for centuriess.; also : a member of a similar class elsewhere
2 : a usually uneducated person of low social status They treated us like a bunch of peasants.
Examples of peasant in a Sentence
They treated us like a bunch of peasants.
Recent Examples of peasant from the Web
Across much of Asia, peasants and soldiers used to bang drums and shoot arrows into the sky to chase away the dragon that was eating the sun, according to Brewer’s book.
One who seems to exclusively wear light-wash jeans, peasant blouses, and breezy linen dresses.
Join in, and imagine the countless peasant backs that bent so many centuries ago to set these ancient, weathered stones into simple perfection.
Devotees of her cult believe that in 1531 the Virgin appeared miraculously to a peasant named Juan Diego on a hilltop called Tepeyac, bringing him roses in winter and then leaving behind her image miraculously imprinted on his cloak.
Those are the words of a king who is being challenged by a peasant.
The group, which began as a peasant army in the 1950s, morphed into a hardened fighting force that relied on kidnapping, extortion and narco-trafficking to finance its war.
The film, set in Congo, follows a young peasant who dreams of a better future for his loved ones.
Travelers in the Ottoman era used to describe the shocking gulf between Aleppo’s opulence and the countryside surrounding it, where peasants lived in almost Stone Age conditions.
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Origin and Etymology of peasant
PEASANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of peasant for English Language Learners
: a poor farmer or farm worker who has low social status
: a person who is not educated and has low social status
PEASANT Defined for Kids
Definition of peasant for Students
: a farmer or farm worker of low social class
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