from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British One who rents and cultivates a croft; a tenant farmer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who has the tenure of a croft, usually also the occupant and user.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who rents and tills a small farm or holding.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who occupies or cultivates a croft; specifically, a small farmer on the western coast and islands of Scotland. The Scotch crofter is a small land-tenant, whose holding is not large enough to be called a farm or to support him by tillage. He is the counterpart of the Irish cottier.
- n. Originally a customary tenant with well-defined rights to his holding, in the early nineteenth century the crofter came to be regarded merely as a tenant at will. Wholesale evictions of crofters led, in 1883, to the appointment of a parliamentary commission of investigation, the result of which was the enactment, in 1885, of the Crofters Act, which guaranteed permanence of tenure, compensation for improvements, and fair rents, determined by a permanent commission.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an owner or tenant of a small farm in Great Britain
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