One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who cultivates the land; a farmer.
- ‘Most people in Brand are husbandmen and artisans of many a craft, who spend their entire lives within sight of their homes.’
- ‘They employ also a great number of manufacturers and tradesmen, and lastly the class of laboring husbandmen.’
- ‘Howbeit, I have nothing to do with the governor and council; they have their own ways, and are no rule for a simple husbandman like me.’
- ‘Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.’
- ‘Labourers are they who provide us with sustenance, the ploughmen and husbandmen devoted to that alone.’
Middle English (originally in northern English use denoting the holder of a husbandland, i.e. manorial tenancy): from husband in the obsolete sense ‘farmer’+ man.
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