One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An agricultural worker; a peasant.
- ‘The rest of us, the small kisans, are doing very badly.’
- ‘Schools and shops closed: milkmaids and cowherds had taken a holiday; the kisan and his helpmate took a temporary respite from their dawn-to-dusk programme of hard work in field and home.’
- ‘The banks could provide microfinance to the kisan to buy livestock, chickens and equipment.’
- ‘Singh argues that the kisans, the peasants, have been active in changing their situation.’
- ‘That spells good news not only for the kisan but for the entire populace.’
1930s: Hindi kisān, from Sanskrit kṛṣāṇa ‘person who ploughs’.
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