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"peasant" in British English

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peasantnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpez.ənt/
C1 a ​person who ​owns or ​rents a ​smallpiece of ​land and ​growscrops, ​keepsanimals, etc. on it, ​especially one who has a ​lowincome, very little ​education, and a ​lowsocialposition. This is usually used of someone who ​lived in the past or of someone in a ​poorcountry: Tons of ​internationallydonatedfood was ​distributed to the ​starving peasants. Most of the ​producesold in the ​market is ​grown by peasant ​farmers. Peasant women with ​scarves around ​theirheads were ​working in the ​fields. informal disapproving a ​person who is not well ​educated or is ​rude and does not ​behave well: Joe's a ​real peasant.
(Definition of peasant from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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peasantnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpez·ənt/
world history a ​member of a ​lowsocialclass of ​farmworkers and owners of ​smallfarms
(Definition of peasant from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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