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ryot

[rahy-uh t] /ˈraɪ ət/
noun, (in India)
1.
a peasant.
2.
a person who holds land as a cultivator of the soil.
Origin of ryot
1615-1625
1615-25; < Hindi raiyat < Persian < Arabic raʿīyah subjects, literally, flock
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  • We can ask them for proofs by insisting on and agitating for the immediate legislative relief of the ryot and the middle classes.

  • They have failed and their failure is writ large on the face of the ryot.

  • When their crops fail the ryot peasants are unable to pay the tax-gatherers, and they get into debt and become quite helpless.

    Political economy W. Stanley Jevons
  • The ryot eyed Chumru doubtingly when Malcolm gave him five rupees.

    The Red Year Louis Tracy
  • This ceremony resembles that of the ryot (cultivating) class among the Hindus.

  • If the statements are true, India must be a veritable paradise and the lot of the Indian ryot enviable.

British Dictionary definitions for ryot

ryot

/ˈraɪət/
noun
1.
(in India) a peasant or tenant farmer
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi ra`īyat, from Arabic ra`īyah flock, peasants, from ra`ā pasture
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