Definition of campesino in US English:


nounPlural campesinos

  • (in Spanish-speaking regions) a peasant farmer.

    • ‘Most are smallholder farmers who call themselves campesinos.’
    • ‘We stood in line with the campesinos, machateros, trabajadores, and their chickens and dogs, bought our tickets, then took our seats in the nearly empty first class coach.’
    • ‘The marcher emphasizes that the campesinos are demanding their rights as campesinos, but even more so as humans, contrasting them with the townspeople who, he says, are granted rights and whose rights are respected.’
    • ‘The campesinos set up camp in front of the Governor's palace and at times blocked streets to call attention to their demands.’
    • ‘Contreras is a soft-spoken country boy - a campesino, he says - from a remote rural area of western Cuba and is the youngest of nine children.’
    • ‘Corn is the staple of the Mexican diet, it is the crop most campesinos grow, and it has never before happened that Mexico could not produce enough for its own needs.’
    • ‘In Ecuador, campesinos, native organizations, and workers recently elected the country's first indigenous President, Lucio Gutierrez, over the nation's richest man.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, many of the campesinos in rural Mexico who farm basic foodstuffs in the current environment are doing so at higher social costs.’
    • ‘It is made abundantly clear to campesinos out in the countryside that to grow coca is against the law.’
    • ‘In the post-war years, thousands of landless peasants - campesinos - demanding land reform, began to clear the forest and occupy this and similar virgin territory.’
    • ‘He's already trying to spend as little time as possible in the Puerto Asis area, even though he has invested more than five years of effort in organizing campesinos there.’
    • ‘Until recently, the great majority of corn consumed in Mexico was produced by Mexican farmers, or campesinos.’
    • ‘Though the initial rebellion began with campesinos, unrest is spreading throughout Mexico because of planned and rumored privatizations of key industries like telecommunications and energy.’
    • ‘Long-promised programs to help 20 million campesinos switch to export crops never materialized.’
    • ‘Yet throughout the country campesinos making land claims were met with hostility, threats and violence.’
    • ‘These Central American immigrants, including university students, teachers, clergy, and campesinos, came from all classes and political persuasions.’
    • ‘With most campesinos content with this Breughelian subsistence, Peru ends up importing 70 percent of its corn, sugar, potatoes, and rice.’
    • ‘In Peru, the National Council of South American Camelids has developed techniques for capturing and harvesting wool from wild vicunas, and has taught and supervised campesinos in vicuna management.’
    • ‘The consumption of homemade tortillas is a source of pride for campesinos and campesinas alike.’
    • ‘And without the rivers, the campesinos could not irrigate the tiny corn patches that fed their families.’
    bumpkin, country bumpkin, country cousin, rustic, countryman, countrywoman, country dweller, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, peasant, provincial, oaf, lout, boor, barbarian
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