Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who farms his own property; a yeoman; a freeholder.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • "Oh! here be the gentleman the captain's brocht hame!" he cried, emphasizing the two words; "as braw a gentleman as eer taen frae pirates, an 'nae doubt sin to ae bien Buckskin bonnet-laird."

    Richard Carvel

  • I was unwilling to say a word about it till I had secured the ground, for it belonged to auld Johnnie Howie, a bonnet-laird* hard by, and blessed were the times when thy industry could be so rewarded!

    The Antiquary

  • A bonnet-laird signifies a petty proprietor, wearing the dress, along

    The Antiquary

  • Scott's out-of-doors occupations of that autumn, sufficient light will be thrown on them by the following letter; from which it is seen that he had now completed a rather tedious negotiation with another bonnet-laird, and definitively added the lands of _Kaeside_ to the original estate of Abbotsford.

    Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10)

  • Howie, a bonnet-laird* hard by, and many a communing we had before he and

    The Antiquary — Volume 01

  • * A bonnet-laird signifies a petty proprietor, wearing the dress, along with the habits of a yeoman.

    The Antiquary — Complete

  • 8 A bonnet-laird signifies a petty proprietor, wearing the dress, along with the habits of a yeoman.

    The Antiquary

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  • Quaintness.

    November 4, 2011