Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The tenant or lessee of a farm; the eldest son of such a one; a yeoman.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    1. The lessee of a farm. It is said that every lessee for Ilfe or years, although it be but of a small house and land, is called "farmer." This word implies no mystery, excopt it be that of husbandman. Cunningham; Cowell.
    2. A husbandman or agriculturist; one' who cultivates a farm, whether the land be his own or another's.
    3. .One who assumes the collection of the publlc revenues, taxes, excise, etc., for a cor tain commission or percentage; as a farmer of the revenues.