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peasant (n.)

"rural person of inferior rank or condition," usually engaged in agricultural labor, early 15c., paisaunt, from Anglo-French paisant (early 14c.), Old French paisant, paisent "local inhabitant" (12c., Modern French paysan), earlier paisenc, from pais "country, region" (Modern French pays, from Latin pagus; see pagan) + Frankish suffix -enc "-ing."

Pais is from Late Latin pagensis "(inhabitant) of the district," from Latin pagus "country or rural district" (see pagan). As a style of garment in fashion (such as peasant blouse) from 1953. In German history, the Peasants' War was the rebellion of 1524-25.

updated on March 06, 2020

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Definitions of peasant from WordNet

peasant (n.)
a country person;
Synonyms: provincial / bucolic
peasant (n.)
one of a (chiefly European) class of agricultural laborers;
peasant (n.)
a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement;
Synonyms: barbarian / boor / churl / Goth / tyke / tike
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.

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