1610s, "relating to the land," from Middle French loy agrarienne "agrarian law," corresponding to Latin Lex agraria, the Roman law for the division of conquered lands, from agrarius "of the land," from ager (genitive agri) "a field," from PIE *agro- (cognates: Greek agros "field," Gothic akrs, Old English æcer "field;" see acre). Meaning "having to do with cultivated land" first recorded 1792.
1. People are leaving an agrarian way of life to go to the city.
2. The centre of the U.S. economy shifted from the agrarian areas to the industrial centres in the north.
3. This was a feature of agrarian development in Britain.
4. It concluded with approval of the emphasis on the agrarian movement.
5. In 1801 Jefferson became president and turned to promoting a more decentralized, agrarian democracy.