< /ˈmɛr ɪt/, 1857–1915, U.S. authority on cooking.
- a person who operates or manages a farm
- a person who obtains the right to collect and retain a tax, rent, etc, or operate a franchise for a specified period on payment of a fee
- a person who looks after a child for a fixed sum
- John. ?1565–1605, English madrigal composer and organist
late 14c., “one who collects taxes, etc.,” from Anglo-French fermer, French fermier, from Medieval Latin firmarius, from firma (see farm (n.)). In the agricultural sense, 1590s, replacing native churl and husbandman.