lat·​i·​fun·​di·​um ˌla-tə-ˈfən-dē-əm How to pronounce latifundium (audio)
plural latifundia ˌla-tə-ˈfən-dē-ə How to pronounce latifundium (audio)
: a great landed estate with primitive agriculture and labor often in a state of partial servitude

Word History


Latin, from latus wide + fundus piece of landed property, foundation, bottom — more at bottom

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of latifundium was in 1869

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“Latifundium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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