Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or concerning the land and its ownership, cultivation, and tenure.
  • adj. Relating to agricultural or rural matters.
  • adj. Intended to further agricultural interests: agrarian lobbyists.
  • n. A person who favors equitable distribution of land.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to, the ownership, tenure and cultivation of land
  • adj. Agricultural or rural.
  • n. A person who advocates the political interests of working farmers

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to fields, or lands, or their tenure; esp., relating to an equal or equitable division of lands.
  • adj. Wild; -- said of plants growing in the fields.
  • n. One in favor of an equal division of landed property.
  • n. An agrarian law.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to lands, especially public lands; pertaining to the equal or uniform division of land.
  • Growing in fields; wild: said of plants.
  • Rural.
  • n. One who favors an equal division of property, especially landed property, among the inhabitants of a country, or a change in the tenure of land.
  • n. The land itself.
  • n. An agrarian law.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to rural matters

Etymologies

From Latin agrārius, from ager, agr-, field; see agro- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French agrarien, from Latin agrarius ("of the land"), from stem of ager ("field") + -arius (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There is Marx's account of "primitive accumulation" in English agrarian history in the 17th and 18th centuries in Capital.

    Marx's historical thinking

  • While shifts in agrarian politics, economy, and society over the past two centuries have prompted certain adjustments, two patterns are striking in the local ceramic industry as women had, on a very small scale, begun to revive it in postwar Magude.

    Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique

  • This book chronicles a high tech commune, where they were bound together not in agrarian pursuits but in a techno-cyber-public relations firm where they were always in contact remotely.

    Digital Camera

  • Yes, the word agrarian sure does come up a lot around here.

    Pilgrims & The Christian-Agrarian Exodus of 1620

  • For example, we remember how it was practically a sacrilege to mention the word agrarian reform in the

    ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR LATIN AMERICA

  • It was difficult for them to work together with Yugoslavia which was a believer in agrarian democracy.

    The Small Nations in World Affairs

  • In the second novella, we’re told that “the accursed income tax” in agrarian, collectivized America is one percent of all a family buys or sells during a month, paid at the end of each month with produce or manufactured goods.

    The Sudden Curve:

  • What Mr. Landes classifies as "agrarian millennialism" is illustrated by the Taiping in China in the mid-19th century.

    Apocalypse Now And Then

  • Not for nothing was Mao's philosophy of government called "agrarian socialism."

    Daughters and Sins

  • My contention is that prior to the Revolutionary War, the economic modalities, especially in the southern colonies, could most aptly be characterized as agrarian, pre-capitalist --

    Intellectual Debate at Bow and Arrow (Harvard Bar)

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  • i just like the way this word comes out of the mouth.
    it has a nice rhythm.

    March 5, 2009