from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who works on or operates a farm.
- n. One who has paid for the right to collect and retain certain revenues or profits.
- n. A simple, unsophisticated person; a bumpkin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who works the land or who keeps livestock, especially on a farm.
- n. Agent noun of farm; someone or something that farms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who hires and cultivates a farm; a cultivator of leased ground; a tenant.
- n. One who is devoted to the tillage of the soil; one who cultivates a farm; an agriculturist; a husbandman.
- n. One who takes taxes, customs, excise, or other duties, to collect, either paying a fixed annuual rent for the privilege.
- n. The lord of the field, or one who farms the lot and cope of the crown.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who undertakes the collection of taxes, customs, excise, or other duties for a certain rate per cent., or pays a fixed sum for the privilege of collecting and retaining them: as, a farmer of the revenues.
- n. In mining, the lord of the field, or one who farms the lot and cope of the crown.
- n. One who cultivates a farm, either as owner or lessee; in general, one who tills the soil.
- n. The eldest son of the holder or occupier of a farm; anciently, a yeoman or country gentleman.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an expert on cooking whose cookbook has undergone many editions (1857-1915)
- n. United States civil rights leader who in 1942 founded the Congress of Racial Equality (born in 1920)
- n. a person who operates a farm
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. (Wiktionary)