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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
peas•ant /ˈpɛzənt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a member of a class of small farmers of low social rank, as in Europe:tried to unify the workers and peasants.
  2. an uneducated person lacking in good manners.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. of or relating to peasants.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
peas•ant  (pezənt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a member of a class of persons, as in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, who are small farmers or farm laborers of low social rank.
  2. a coarse, unsophisticated, boorish, uneducated person of little financial means.

adj. 
  1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of peasants or their traditions, way of life, crafts, etc.
  2. Clothingof or designating a style of clothing modeled on the folk costumes of Western cultures, esp. women's full-sleeved, round-necked blouses and long, full skirts.
peasant•like′, adj. 
  • Gmc (see -ing3)
  • Late Latin pāgēnsis, equivalent. to Latin pāg(us) country district + -ēnsis -ensis) + -enc
  • Anglo-French paisant, Old French païsant, earlier païsenc, equivalent. to païs country (
  • late Middle English paissaunt 1375–1425


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

peasant /ˈpɛzənt/ n
  1. a member of a class of low social status that depends on either cottage industry or agricultural labour as a means of subsistence
  2. informal a person who lives in the country; rustic
  3. informal an uncouth or uncultured person
Etymology: 15th Century: from Anglo-French, from Old French païsant, from païs country, from Latin pāgus rural area; see pagan



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