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Topic: OCCUPATIONS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: paisant, from païs 'country', from Latin pagus; PAGAN2

peasant

noun
     
peas‧ant [countable]
1BOTA a poor farmer who owns or rents a small amount of land, either in past times or in poor countries:
Most villagers are peasant farmers.
2 old-fashioned informal an insulting word for someone who does not behave politely in social situations or is not well-educated
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