< /ˈmɛr ɪt/, 1857–1915, U.S. authority on cooking.

  • James (Leonard),1920–1999, U.S. civil-rights leader; founder of CORE.
  • noun

    1. a person who operates or manages a farm
    2. 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
    3. a person who looks after a child for a fixed sum


    1. 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.

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