tenant farmer

noun
a person who farms the land of another and pays rent with cash or with a portion of the produce.

Origin:
1855–60

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tenant farmer
 
n
a person who farms land rented from another, the rent usually taking the form of part of the crops grown or livestock reared

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Example sentences
Granny's house was a one-story frame building that had once housed a tenant
  farmer on my grandfather's farm.
His father was a poor tenant farmer, the lowest of the low.
Appellees conferred with the tenant farmer about what crops to grow and the
  operation of the farm.
By now my father was on his own working as a tenant farmer since he could not
  legally own any land.
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