• Farmer


    • GenAm IPA: /fɑɹmɚ/
    • RP IPA: /fɑːmə/
    • Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)mə(ɹ)
    • Hyphenation: farm + er


    From Middle English *fermer, fermour ("a steward, bailliff, collector of taxes"), partly from Old French fermier ("a farmer, a lessee, husbandman, bailliff"), from Medieval Latin firmarius ("one to whom land is rented, a collector of taxes, deputy"), from firma, see farm; and partly from Old English feormere ("a purveyor of a guild, a supplier of food, a grocer, farmer"), from feormian ("to purvey, supply, feed"), equivalent to farm + -er. More at farm.

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    (plural farmers)
    1. A person who works the land or who keeps livestock, especially on a farm.
      • 2012-12-01, An internet of airborne things, A farmer could place an order for a new tractor part by text message and pay for it by mobile money-transfer. A supplier many miles away would then take the part to the local matternet station for airborne dispatch via drone.
    2. Agent noun of farm; someone or something that farms.
    3. (historical) One who takes taxes, customs, excise, or other duties, to collect for a certain rate per cent.a farmer of the revenues
    4. (historical, mining) The lord of the field, or one who farms the lot and cope of the crown.

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