One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A peasant or countryman, especially in France.
bumpkin, country bumpkin, country cousin, rustic, countryman, countrywoman, country dweller, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, peasant, provincial, oaf, lout, boor, barbarianView synonyms
- ‘In recent years, the imitation of French culture has led people to refer to the ‘provinces’ and to their inhabitants as paysans - ‘peasants.’’
- ‘Most people find this gives the place a pretty charming air of dereliction, and it's a lot quieter, less shiny and less choked with paysans than cities on the Italian, or even the European mainland.’
- ‘In his autobiography, one small farmer from the first half of the twentieth century was happy to call himself a paysan but carefully termed his son, a farmer of the second half, a cultivateur.’
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