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farmer (n.)

late 14c., "one who collects taxes, etc.," from Anglo-French fermer, Old French fermier "lease-holder," from Medieval Latin firmarius, from firma "fixed payment" (see farm (n.)). In the agricultural sense, 1590s, replacing native churl and husbandman.

updated on October 16, 2014

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Definitions of farmer from WordNet
1
farmer (n.)
a person who operates a farm;
2
Farmer (n.)
United States civil rights leader who in 1942 founded the Congress of Racial Equality (born in 1920);
Synonyms: James Leonard Farmer
Farmer (n.)
an expert on cooking whose cookbook has undergone many editions (1857-1915);
Synonyms: Fannie Farmer / Fannie Merritt Farmer
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