The king's farmer
Farmer Farm"er (f[aum]rm"[~e]r), n. [Cf. F. fermier.] One who farms; as: (a) One who hires and cultivates a farm; a cultivator of leased ground; a tenant. --Smart. (b) One who is devoted to the tillage of the soil; one who cultivates a farm; an agriculturist; a husbandman. (c) One who takes taxes, customs, excise, or other duties, to collect, either paying a fixed annuual rent for the privilege; as, a farmer of the revenues. (d) (Mining) The lord of the field, or one who farms the lot and cope of the crown. [1913 Webster]

{Farmer-general} [F. fermier-general], one to whom the right of levying certain taxes, in a particular district, was farmed out, under the former French monarchy, for a given sum paid down.

{Farmers' satin}, a light material of cotton and worsted, used for coat linings. --McElrath.

{The king's farmer} (O. Eng. Law), one to whom the collection of a royal revenue was farmed out. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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