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[uh-grair-ee-uh n] /əˈgrɛər i ən/
relating to land, land tenure, or the division of landed property:
agrarian laws.
pertaining to the advancement of agricultural groups:
an agrarian movement.
composed of or pertaining to farmers:
an agrarian co-op.
rural; agricultural.
growing in fields; wild:
an agrarian plant.
a person who favors the equal division of landed property and the advancement of agricultural groups.
Origin of agrarian
1610-20; < Latin agrāri(us) (agr- stem of ager field, acre + -ārius -ary) + -an; cf. agrestal
Related forms
agrarianly, adverb
nonagrarian, adjective, noun
proagrarian, adjective
superagrarian, adjective
unagrarian, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for agrarian
  • New Yorkers vent the agrarian impulse in window boxes, roof gardens and by setting out tomatoes on balconies and fire escapes.
  • With so much space, there should be no agrarian problem at all.
  • Many of our holiday customs go back to when we were an agrarian society.
  • All agrarian economies are moving towards industrialisation.
  • In the agrarian democracy Americans were building, both land and votes mattered.
  • Its agrarian heritage is reflected in the farms lying at the city's edge, and a beer-malting plant at the center of town.
  • The pioneers were truly agrarian people.
  • The year-by-year yield does indeed sound like an ancient agrarian version of what we now think of as annual income.
  • He led an agrarian revolt in 1549 as a protest against the enclosure of common land for sheep grazing.
  • At first we were primarily an agrarian economy.
British Dictionary definitions for agrarian


of or relating to land or its cultivation or to systems of dividing landed property
of or relating to rural or agricultural matters
a person who favours the redistribution of landed property
Derived Forms
agrarianism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin agrārius, from ager field, land
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Word Origin and History for agrarian

1610s, "relating to the land," from Middle French loy agrarienne "agrarian law," from Latin Lex agraria, the Roman law for the division of conquered lands, from agrarius "of the land," from ager (genitive agri) "a field," from PIE *agro- (cf. Greek agros "field," Gothic akrs, Old English æcer "field;" see acre). Meaning "having to do with cultivated land" first recorded 1792.

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