encomienda

noun en·co·mi·en·da \(ˌ)enˌkōmēˈendə, -ˌkäm-; ˌenkəmˈyen-\

Definition of encomienda

plural

-s

  1. :  an estate of land and the inhabiting American Indians formerly granted to Spanish colonists or adventurers in America for purposes of tribute and evangelization — compare repartimiento

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Origin and Etymology of encomienda

Spanish, from encomendar to entrust, from en- 1en- (from Latin in-) + obsolete Spanish comendar to entrust, from Latin commendare


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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of encomienda


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