1. A member of a class of small farmers and farm laborers, especially in a preindustrial or underdeveloped society.
2. A person who lives in a rural area; a rustic.
3. A person who is considered crude or uncouth; a boor.
[Middle English paissaunt, from Old French paisant, from pais, country, from Late Latin pāgēnsis, inhabitant of a district, from Latin pāgus, district; see pag- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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