Meaning of farmer-general

farm•er-gen•er•al

Pronunciation: (fär'mur-jen'ur-ul), [key]
— pl. farm•ers-gen•er•al.
  1. (in France, under the old monarchy) a member of a company of capitalists that farmed certain taxes.
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