Ryot

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ryot rī"ŏt A peasant or cultivator of the soil. "The Indian ryot and the Egyptian fellah work for less pay than any other laborers in the world."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ryot In India, a peasant; a tenant of the soil; a cultivator; especially, one holding land as a cultivator or husbandman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ryot rī′ut a Hindu cultivator or peasant
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. & Hind. ra'iyat, the same word as ra'iyah, a subject, tenant, peasant. See Rayah
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hind. raiyat—Ar. ra‛iya, a subject.

Usage

In literature:

It is further said, I did much banquit and ryot.
"Captain John Smith" by Charles Dudley Warner
And the ryot groans under many taskmasters.
"A Fascinating Traitor" by Richard Henry Savage
In some villages the ryot will estimate for us without our having the lease at all, and without taking advances.
"Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier" by James Inglis
The Government demand was fixed for ever, but no attempt was made to safeguard the ryot's interests.
"Tales of Bengal" by S. B. Banerjea
Once upon a time a certain country was ravaged by a Rakhas to such an extent that there were only the Raja and a few ryots left.
"Folklore of the Santal Parganas" by Cecil Henry Bompas
The tenants whether they hold from the landowners or from the Government are commonly called Ryots.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII." by Arthur Mee
I shall take that ryot fellow with me to show me the way.
"Mr. Isaacs" by F. Marion Crawford
It is used by the ryots in their curries instead of vinegar.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
Am I a ryot, a farmer, to twist naught but bullocks' tails?
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Ramdass and the other ryots of his acquaintance regarded Nana Furnuwees as the guardian of the country.
"At the Point of the Bayonet" by G. A. Henty
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In poetry:

Oh, the dom and the mag and the thakur and the thag,
And the nat and the brinjaree,
And the bunnia and the ryot are as happy and as quiet
And as plump as they can be!
"The Masque of Plenty" by Rudyard Kipling