Definitions

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  • noun A peasant or agricultural labourer in South Asia.

Etymologies

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From Urdu رعیت (ra‘īyat, "peasant"), from Persian رعیت (ra‘iyat, "population, peasants"), from Arabic رعية (ra‘īya, "flock, herd").

Examples

  • When we remember the enormous power of the zemindar following from the unfortunate absence of any record of right upon which the tenant can lean, and rely, we can well understand how a raiyat hesitates to oppose his landlord's will.

    Indian Unrest

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