from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A commoner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A commoner, a plebeian, a person of low rank
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person who is not of noble birth; specif., a freeman who during the prevalence of feudalism held allodial land.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In France, a person not of noble birth; a plebeian.
- n. In French-Canadian law, one who holds real property subject to an annual rent or charge.
French, from Old French, from roture, newly cultivated land, from Latin ruptūra, action of breaking; see rupture.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French From the low Latin "ruptarius": he who breaks the earth (Larousse Encyclopedia of XXe century, Paris, 1932.) (Wiktionary)