colonus

noun
co·​lo·​nus | \ kə-ˈlō-nəs How to pronounce colonus (audio) \
plural coloni\ kə-​ˈlō-​ˌnī How to pronounce coloni (audio) , -​(ˌ)nē \

Definition of colonus

: a tenant farmer in the later Roman Empire who was bound to the land and obliged to pay a rent usually in produce

First Known Use of colonus

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colonus

Latin, literally, farmer

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“Colonus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colonus. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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