from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an Italian farmer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Italy, a countryman or peasant; a rustic.
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- n. an Italian farmer
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Italy, ask your contadino, that is, the next country-fellow you meet, some question, and presently he ballots you an answer with a nod, which is affirmative; or a shake with his head, which is the negative box; or
The 'contadino' is middle-aged & like the rest of the peasants -- that is to say, brown, handsome, good-natured, courteous, & entirely independent without making any offensive show of it.
The 'contadino' brought up their trunks from the station, and Clemens wrote:
The ‘contadino’ brought up their trunks from the station, and Clemens wrote:
The ‘contadino’ is middle-aged & like the rest of the peasants — that is to say, brown, handsome, good-natured, courteous, & entirely independent without making any offensive show of it.
Naples, I was informed by a contadino, of whom I had asked my way, that
The girl was not there; but by the gate into the olive-yard, where there was a lean-to shed for tools, they found her sitting on a cask, whittling a piece of wood and talking to a curly-headed little contadino.
Every _contadino_ has a pack in his pocket, with the flavor of the soil upon it.
And by his own mode of reasoning, the poor _contadino_ sees as clearly as possible that he has really won, -- only the difficulty is that he cannot touch the prize without correcting the little variations.
Mustafa's a contadino; I know his pa and ma; they changed him when only five years old.