colonus


co·lo·nus

noun \kə-ˈlō-nəs\
plural co·lo·ni\-ˌnī, -(ˌ)nē\

Definition of COLONUS

:  a free-born serf in the later Roman Empire who could sometimes own property but who was bound to the land and obliged to pay a rent usually in produce

Origin of COLONUS

Latin, literally, farmer
First Known Use: 1857

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