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[pez-uh n-tree] /ˈpɛz ən tri/
peasants collectively.
the status or character of a peasant.
Origin of peasantry
1545-55; peasant + -ry Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • The political appeal of such a transportation system to a peasantry is obvious.
  • The area's ostentatious peasantry has mostly acquired its gaudy real estate with the help of remittances from abroad.
  • Now in point of fact such a custom has left unmistakable traces of itself in the rural festivals of the peasantry.
  • The crime of parricide is becoming more and more frequent among the peasantry.
  • Backyard furnaces turned the peasantry's tools and cookware into useless molten globs.
  • The social upheaval brought about a new mobility among the long-suffering peasantry, and with it a new aggressiveness.
British Dictionary definitions for peasantry


peasants as a class
conduct characteristic of peasants
the status of a peasant
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Word Origin and History for peasantry

1550s, from peasant + -ry.

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