peasantry

[pez-uhn-tree]
noun
1.
peasants collectively.
2.
the status or character of a peasant.

Origin:
1545–55; peasant + -ry

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peasantry (ˈpɛzəntrɪ)
 
n
1.  peasants as a class
2.  conduct characteristic of peasants
3.  the status of a peasant

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Example sentences
Agriculture is essentially peasantry if farmers lack powered machinery.
Briefly they triumphed, raising hopes among the impoverished local peasantry
  and gathering a group of supporters.
Stiles also disposes easily of the image of social bandits defending the
  peasantry.
For historians, it seems to be saying something about the mental world of the
  early modern peasantry.
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