One who farms; as:

One who hires and cultivates a farm; a cultivator of leased ground; a tenant.

One who is devoted to the tillage of the soil; one who cultivates a farm; an agriculturist; a husbandman.

One who takes taxes, customs, excise, or other duties, to collect, either paying a fixed annuual rent for the privilege; as, a farmer of the revenues.


The lord of the field, or one who farms the lot and cope of the crown. Farmer-general [F. Fermier-general], one to whom the right of levying certain taxes, in a particular district, was farmed out, under the former French monarchy, for a given sum paid down. Farmers' satin, a light material of cotton and worsted, used for coat linings. The king's farmer, one to whom the collection of a royal revenue was farmed out.

Origin: Cf. F. Fermier.

(01 Mar 1998)

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