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Meaning of farmer by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English *fermer, fermour ( “a steward, bailliff, collector of taxes” ), partly from Old French fermier ( “a farmer, a lessee, husbandman, bailliff” ), from Medieval Latin firmarius ( “one to whom land is rented, a collector of taxes, deputy” ), from firma, see farm; and partly from Old English feormere ( “a purveyor of a guild, a suplier of food, a grocer, farmer” ), from feormian ( “to purvey, supply, feed” ), equivalent to farm +‎ -er. More at farm .


    • IPA: /fɑː( ɹ )mə( ɹ )/
    • Rhymes: -ɑː( r )mə( r )


    farmer ( plural: farmers )

    1. A person who works the land or who keeps livestock, especially on a farm .
    2. Agent noun of farm; someone or something that farms .

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Explanation of farmer by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a person who operates a farm

    2. an expert on cooking whose cookbook has undergone many editions ( 1857-1915 )

    3. United States civil rights leader who in 1942 founded the Congress of Racial Equality ( born in 1920 )

    Definition of farmer by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Farmer ( färmẽr ), n. [Cf. F. fermier.] One who farms; as: One who hires and cultivates a farm; a cultivator of leased ground; a tenant. Smart. One who is devoted to the tillage of the soil; one who cultivates a farm; an agriculturist; a husbandman. One who takes taxes, customs, excise, or other duties, to collect, either paying a fixed annuual rent for the privilege; as, “a farmer of the revenues”. ( Mining ) The lord of the field, or one who farms the lot and cope of the crown.

      Farmer-general [F. fermier-general], one to whom the right of levying certain taxes, in a particular district, was farmed out, under the former French monarchy, for a given sum paid down. -- Farmers' satin, a light material of cotton and worsted, used for coat linings. McElrath. -- The king's farmer ( O. Eng. Law ), one to whom the collection of a royal revenue was farmed out. Burrill.