from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who farms land owned by another and pays rent in cash or in kind.
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- n. A person who farms land rented from a landlord.
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- n. a farmer who works land owned by someone else
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That is, the lord became a landlord, the villein became a tenant farmer at will or a landless laborer.
He was the son of a tenant farmer in Somerset on land belonging to Oriel College, Oxford.
The bollings of pollards in England were generally the property of the landlord, but the tenant farmer was entitled to harvest the pollard wood.