Definition of farmer in English:



  • 1A person who owns or manages a farm.

    • ‘I have made the choice to be a farmer and to manage a finite renewable resource such as water.’
    • ‘The son of a yeoman farmer, he was one of those remarkable men of the Victorian age.’
    • ‘If farmers want their livestock to be protected then they should protect them in a more secure way.’
    • ‘From the point of view of European livestock farmers, soya is the ideal product.’
    • ‘Before refrigeration, it was common for butchers to also be farmers and graziers.’
    • ‘The livestock farmers have beef and pork and cheese and chicken and eggs and milk.’
    • ‘The public cannot go near farmland, yet farmers can hold a market in Scarborough.’
    • ‘The gophers also dig holes which farmers claim cause livestock to fall and break their legs.’
    • ‘The lifting of the thirty month ban is good news for farmers but there are still uncertainties.’
    • ‘The agricultural revolution freed farmers from this trap for the first time in history.’
    • ‘The main concern for farmers is to reduce their risk of suffering a herd breakdown.’
    • ‘Almost two thirds think farmers are not paid enough by supermarkets for the food they produce.’
    • ‘The yield may not be large but farmers manage to feed their family and make a living.’
    • ‘We want the Government to provide grant aid to farmers to help them through this difficult time.’
    • ‘It is the time of year again when farm work is in full swing and farmers are extremely busy.’
    • ‘It is likely that the nature of farm work makes it easier for farmers to be more active.’
    • ‘It helped farmers and farm owners to stay in their property with government help.’
    • ‘I worked with farmers and crofters and did all types of work to get a bite to eat and a few cigarettes.’
    • ‘In reality, it could not have turned out much worse for British farmers and growers.’
    • ‘Why are we being so generous to farmers in other countries but so harsh with our own?’
    agriculturalist, agronomist, smallholder, grazier, farmhand, countryman, daughter of the soil, son of the soil
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  • 2historical A person to whom the collection of taxes was contracted for a fee.


Late Middle English: from Old French fermier, from medieval Latin firmarius, firmator, from firma (see farm). farmer (sense 1) originally denoted a bailiff or steward who farmed land on the owner's behalf, or a tenant farmer.