from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the class constituted by small farmers and tenants, sharecroppers, and laborers on the land where they form the main labor force in agriculture.
- n. A country person; a rustic.
- n. An uncouth, crude, or ill-bred person; a boor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of the lowly social class which toils on the land, constituted by small farmers and tenants, sharecroppers, farmhands and other laborers on the land where they form the main labor force in agriculture and horticulture.
- n. A country person.
- n. An uncouth, crude or ill-bred person.
- n. a worker unit
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A countryman; a rustic; especially, one of the lowest class of tillers of the soil in European countries.
- adj. Rustic, rural.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person of inferior rank or condition living in the country or in a rural village, and usually engaged in agricultural labor; a rustic; a countryman.
- Of or pertaining to, or characteristic of, peasants; rustic; rural: often used as an epithet of reproach.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one of a (chiefly European) class of agricultural laborers
- n. a country person
- n. a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement
Middle English paissaunt, from Old French paisant, from pais, country, from Late Latin pāgēnsis, inhabitant of a district, from Latin pāgus, district; see pag- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Middle English paissaunt, from Anglo-Norman paisant, from Middle French païsant ("païsant"), from Old French païsan ("countryman, peasant"), from païs ("country"), from Late Latin pāgēnsis ("inhabitant of a district"), from Latin pāgus ("district") + Old French -enc ("member of"), from Frankish -inc, -ing "-ing". More at -ing. (Wiktionary)