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PEASANT (O. Fr. paysant, Mod. paysan;...

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 31 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PEASANT (O. Fr. paysant, Mod. paysan; Lat. pagensis, belonging to the pagus or country; cf. " pagan "), a countryman or rustic, either working for others, or, more specifically, owning or renting and working by his own labour a small plot of ground. Though a word of not very strict application, it is now frequently used of the rural population of such countries as France, where the land is chiefly held by small holders, " peasant proprietors." (See ALLOTMENTS and METAYAGE).
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