What does the word peasantry mean?

Usage examples for peasantry

  1. Soon he had freed the peasantry from many of their former disabilities. – Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman by Giberne Sieveking
  2. The peasantry, including all dwelling in the open agricultural interior, were driven into the garrison towns or isolated places held by the troops. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White