peasant

Definitions

  • Peasant Going to Market
    Peasant Going to Market
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n peasant a country person
    • n peasant a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement
    • n peasant one of a (chiefly European) class of agricultural laborers
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE DEPUTATION OF PEASANTS AT THEIR LORD'S GATE THE DEPUTATION OF PEASANTS AT THEIR LORD'S GATE
A PEASANT AT WORK, DISTRICT OF TSARIBROD A PEASANT AT WORK, DISTRICT OF TSARIBROD
ANCIENT COSTUME OF BALKAN PEASANT WOMEN NEAR GABROVO ANCIENT COSTUME OF BALKAN PEASANT WOMEN NEAR GABROVO
A PEASANT OF THE TSARIBROD DISTRICT A PEASANT OF THE TSARIBROD DISTRICT
Everything vanished and, instead, there appeared a pretty little peasant's cottage Everything vanished and, instead, there appeared a pretty little peasant's cottage
"PEASANT GIRLS BRINGING THE MILK." "PEASANT GIRLS BRINGING THE MILK."
A PEASANT OF SÆTERSDALEN A PEASANT OF SÆTERSDALEN
SÆTERSDALEN PEASANT GIRL SÆTERSDALEN PEASANT GIRL

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest number of children born to one woman, who was a Russian peasant is 69
    • n Peasant A countryman; a rustic; especially, one of the lowest class of tillers of the soil in European countries.
    • a Peasant Rustic, rural.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average life span of a peasant during the medieval ages was 25 years
    • n peasant A person of inferior rank or condition living in the country or in a rural village, and usually engaged in agricultural labor; a rustic; a countryman. A peasant may or may not be the proprietor of the land which he cultivates; in Great Britain he is distinguished from a farmer as having less property, education, or culture, or inferior social position: but the word is very vague. The French peasant (paysan) and the German peasant (bauer) were until recently greatly restricted in their civil and political rights. The word is not used In the United States, where there is no comparatively stable body of agricultural laborers corresponding to the European peasantry.
    • peasant Of or pertaining to, or characteristic of, peasants; rustic; rural: often used as an epithet of reproach.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1888, an Egyptian peasant discovered an estimated three hundred thousand mummified cats in Beni Hassan, Egypt. Of the cats that were not stolen once, the find was made public, the remaining mummified cats were shipped to Great Britain to be used as agricultural fertilizer
    • n Peasant pez′ant a countryman: a rustic: one whose occupation is rural labour
    • adj Peasant of or relating to peasants, rustic, rural: rude
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Quotations

  • Count Leo Tolstoy
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    “But the peasants -- how do the peasants die?”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
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    “That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Be he a king or a peasant, he is happiest who finds peace at home.”
  • John Updike
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    “Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner.”
  • Henry IV
    Henry IV
    “I want there to be no peasant in my kingdom so poor that he cannot have a chicken in his pot every Sunday.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. païsant,the i being perh. due to confusion with the p. pr. of verbs), païsan, F. paysan, fr. OF. & F. pays, country, fr. L. pagus, the country. See Pagan

Usage

In literature:

His men came carrying an aged peasant woman, grey-haired, heavy, her black dress soggy with dew and blood.
"Young Hilda at the Wars" by Arthur Gleason
It spread widely among the peasants.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
The mother was a simple peasant woman, wearing a peasant's dress.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Having duly and solemnly finished the operation of taking snuff, the doctor looked at the peasant.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
The peasants of Germany did Luther's cause more harm than Charles had done.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
The peasants discovered him by the light of the blazing dwelling.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
Febrer recognized their dress, different from that worn by the peasants on the island.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Seven stoat peasants followed after.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
And if they have not produced the peasant arts, they can still produce the peasant crafts.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
At last the peasants allotted a site for the school and undertook to cart the materials from the town.
"The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories" by Anton Tchekoff
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In poetry:

Her breath is like a fragrant tune,
She is the soul of every spot;
Gives nature to the rich saloon,
And splendour to the peasant's cot.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
In Provence (so the story runs)
There lived a lord, to whom, as slave,
A peasant-boy of tender years
The chance of trade or conquest gave.
"The Legend of St. Mark" by John Greenleaf Whittier
'But she, like a thing of peasant race,
That is happy binding the sheaves;'
Then he saw her dead mother in her face,
And said, 'Thou shalt have thy leaves.'
"The Singing Leaves" by James Russell Lowell
When Johnnie Bull pledges his word,
To keep it he'll gird on his sword,
While allies and sons
Will shoulder their guns;
The prince, and the peasant, and lord.
"The Allied Forces" by Abner Cosens
They led him in, they bath'd his wounds,
Tears, to the red stream adding:
The haughty GOLFRE gaz'd, admir'd!
The Peasant Girl his fancy fir'd,
And set his senses, madding!
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
O pitiless skies! why did your clouds retain
For peasants' fields their floods of hoarded rain?
O pitiless earth! why open no abyss
To bury in its chasm a crime like this?
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Theologian's Tale; Torquemada" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

How do you capture the heart of the peasant girl.
For liberals, the observation that "the peasants are revolting" is a pun.
Chinese to Prosecute Peasant Who Resisted One-Child Policy.
It was a rare triumph for the peasants , rising up against the all-powerful Communist Party government.
Peasant Food From a Kitchen Inspired by a King.
Food historians estimate First Millennium peasants might have worked off 6,000 calories a day.
For Chinese, Peasant Revolt Is Rare Victory.
This humble peasant dish is so rich and flavorful, it could almost pass for dessert.
Via Campesina, a global peasant movement, demonstrates Tuesday in Cancun, Mexico, during U.N.-sponsored talks on climate.
Pinto as the doomed peasant girl.
In the movie, a peasant girl becomes the model for one of Vermeer 's most famous paintings.
No interview haunts me more than a conversation with a Cambodian peasant, Nhem Yen, in 1996.
The simple Rwandan peasant woman, a widow unable to read or write, uncertain of her age, wonders if she will ever see her three sons again.
In many formerly communist areas, cities exploded as peasants moved out from the countryside, and farming declined.
Marcel Pagnol's warm-hearted tales of peasant life defined the international image of French cinema before the war.
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In science:

The peasants then can become slaves of the nobility owning the piece of territory on which the peasants work.
Sociophysics Simulations
Needless to say, when considered in itself, and certainly not from the point of view of the masses of peasants involved, that system had several advantages.
Difficulties with Learning and Teaching Calculus
In earlier times, it was most likely that one’s parents were peasants.
Difficulties with Learning and Teaching Calculus
And someone whose parents were peasants was most likely to remain one himself or herself, that sort of rather automatic and large scale mass process of generational succession not requiring absolutely any special effort, expense, organization, knowledge, or whatever else of value.
Difficulties with Learning and Teaching Calculus
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