métayer

noun mé·ta·yer \-¦yā\

Definition of métayer

plural

-s

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

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Origin and Etymology of métayer

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


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