Definition of latifundium in English:


Line breaks: lati|fun¦dium
Pronunciation: /ˌlɑːtɪˈfʌndɪəm
, ˌlatɪ-/

noun (plural latifundia)

  • A large landed estate or ranch in ancient Rome or more recently in Spain or Latin America, typically worked by peasants or slaves.
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    • In the seventh and eighth centuries, the city drew its food supply from the public, papal, and ecclesiastical patrimony in the Latium countryside and the latifundia of Sicily.
    • The labour needed to work these latifundia was provided by transforming free peasants into unfree tenants tied to the land.
    • Despite this industrialisation, a third of the population still worked as agricultural labourers, many in large estates or latifundia.


mid 17th century: from Latin, from latus 'broad' + fundus 'landed estate', partly via Spanish.

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