Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to the cultivation of land; agricultural.
  • adjective Relating to or concerning the land and its ownership, cultivation, and tenure.
  • noun A person who favors equitable distribution of land.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Relating to lands, especially public lands; pertaining to the equal or uniform division of land.
  • Growing in fields; wild: said of plants.
  • Rural.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The land itself.
  • noun An agrarian law.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective relating to rural matters

Etymologies

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

[From Latin agrārius, relating to the land, from ager, agr-, field; see agro- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French agrarien, from Latin agrarius ("of the land"), from stem of ager ("field") + -arius

Examples

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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:

  • 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.

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  • i just like the way this word comes out of the mouth.

    it has a nice rhythm.

    March 5, 2009