métayer

noun
mé·​ta·​yer | \ -¦yā\
plural -s

Definition of métayer

: one that cultivates land for a share of its yield usually receiving stock, tools, and seed from the landlord

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History and Etymology for métayer

French, from Middle French, from Old French meteer, meiteier, from Late Latin medietat-, medietas half + Old French -ier -er

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