Definitions

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

  • noun The social class constituted by peasants.
  • noun The condition, rank, or conduct of a peasant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Peasants collectively; a body of peasants.
  • noun Rusticity; coarseness.

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

  • noun Peasants, collectively; the body of rustics.
  • noun obsolete Rusticity; coarseness.

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

  • noun historical Impoverished rural farm workers, either as serfs, small freeholders or hired hands.
  • noun Ignorant people of the lowest social status; bumpkins, rustics.

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

  • noun the class of peasants

Etymologies

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From peasant +‎ -ry, from Middle English paissaunt.

Examples

  • Of course, I described it as the petition of the nobility, clergy, gentry, yeomanry, and peasantry of the county of ----; and, could you believe it, they struck out _peasantry_ as

    Coningsby

  • The regent's arrival soon spread throughout the province, and the hall of the castle was speedily crowded with chieftains, come to pay their respects to their benefactor; while an army of grateful peasantry from the hills filled the suburbs of the town, begging for one glance only of their beloved lord.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • The lot of women among the tribes, and among the peasantry, is not, from all I hear, an unhappy one.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia

  • Was it Mao who said the peasantry is the sea in which revolutionaries swim?

    Making Light: Intelligence in, intelligence out

  • Only after the post-war GI Bill-higher education advancement by the peasantry was the Counsel free to justify society's ACTUAL breakdown into godlessness and the current state of society today.

    DesignerBlog

  • Only after the post-war GI Bill-higher education advancement by the peasantry was the Counsel free to justify society's ACTUAL breakdown into godlessness and the current state of society today.

    100,000 and Counting

  • Only after the post-war GI Bill-higher education advancement by the peasantry was the Counsel free to justify society's ACTUAL breakdown into godlessness and the current state of society today.

    Migden-Leno Primary Race Gets Even Uglier

  • Only after the post-war GI Bill-higher education advancement by the peasantry was the Counsel free to justify society's ACTUAL breakdown into godlessness and the current state of society today.

    Espresso for All My Friends!

  • Only after the post-war GI Bill-higher education advancement by the peasantry was the Counsel free to justify society's ACTUAL breakdown into godlessness and the current state of society today.

    Baby Squash

  • Only after the post-war GI Bill-higher education advancement by the peasantry was the Counsel free to justify society's ACTUAL breakdown into godlessness and the current state of society today.

    DesignerBlog

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  • One of the few words in English where the suffix -ry indicates a class or group of people (some others are Jewry, citizenry, and Freemasonry).

    December 15, 2008

  • PROFESSOR

    Better get under cover, Sylvester --

    there's a storm blowing up -- a whopper, to

    speak in the vernacular of the peasantry.

    Poor little kid -- I hope she gets home all

    right.

    June 11, 2010