plural emphyteuses
: a Roman and civil law contract by which a grant is made of a right either perpetual or for a long period to the possession and enjoyment of originally agricultural land subject to the keeping of the land in cultivation or from depreciation, the payment of a fixed annual rent, and some other conditions
also : the heritable and alienable right so granted or the tenure by which it is held

Word History


Late Latin, from Late Greek, from Greek emphyteuein to implant (from em- en- entry 2 + phyteuein to plant, from phyton plant) + -sis

First Known Use

circa 1618, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of emphyteusis was circa 1618

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“Emphyteusis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emphyteusis. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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