vil·​li·​cus | \ ˈvilə̇kəs \
plural villici\ -​ləˌsī \

Definition of villicus

1 : the steward and overseer of a large farm or of farmlands in Roman and early medieval times
2 : a member of a privileged class of feudal landless tillers holding a farm of a landlord for a part of the harvest or for a fixed fee

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History and Etymology for villicus

Latin vilicus, villicus, from villa country house, country estate + -icus -ic

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“Villicus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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