Definitions

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

  • n. A person who grazes cattle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who grazes cattle and/or sheep on a rural property.
  • n. The owner of a large property on which sheep or cattle graze.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who pastures cattle, and rears them for market.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who grazes or pastures cattle for the market; a farmer who raises cattle for the market.

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

  • n. a rancher who grazes cattle or sheep for market

Etymologies

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

Middle English grasier, from grasen, to graze; see graze1.

Examples

  • From 1804 a person so engaged, as distinct from one who farmed crops -- who engaged in agricultural pursuits -- was known as a grazier, and from the 1820s such a person occupied a property

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIX No 3

  • Forster's father was a large "grazier" or dealer in cattle.

    John Forster

  • In due course, my grandparents, William and Helen Borthwick, bought a substantial block of land on Shaving Point from the solicitor and New South Wales grazier, James (“Jim”) McLaughlin, on which in 1926 they built their pretty house Balmadies, where Mum and her siblings enjoyed many idyllic summer holidays.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • My paternal grandmother, Iona Heather (Nan), was the daughter of “Alexander Campbell of Argyll,” a doughty Scots Presbyterian mining engineer and businessman, and Jane Heather, the daughter of George Frew, a Catholic grazier, who owned property at Tabor in the western district of Victoria, not far from the southern end of the Grampians.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Yours are better, … after all God made them. — john grazier

    New York City Waterfalls: Reader Photos - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

  • A short walk brought us to it, a bleak moorland house, once the farm of some grazier in the old prosperous days, but now put into repair and turned into a modern dwelling.

    The Seriously Deranged Writer and the Model Cars

  • They are paid very highly, for the trust reposed is of the last importance, as it depends on their prudence, vigilance, and honesty whether the cattle reach the final market in good order, and afford a profit to the grazier.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • Thc person who obeyed the signal was Martin Block, a wealthy butcher and grazier of

    Anne of Geierstein

  • “For substantial burgesses, unquestionably,” said the youth; “or — hold; you, master, may be a money broker, or a corn merchant; and this man a butcher, or grazier.”

    Quentin Durward

  • He was a sturdy old fellow in a broad – skirted blue coat, made pretty large, to fit easily, and with no particular waist; his bulky legs clothed in drab breeches and high gaiters, and his head protected by a low – crowned broad – brimmed white hat, such as a wealthy grazier might wear.

    Nicholas Nickleby

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