Latifundium definition

lătə-fŭndē-əm
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A large landed estate, especially of the ancient Romans.
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A large landed estate, typically owned by an absentee landlord and worked by serfs, as in some Latin American countries.
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A great landed estate with absentee ownership and labor often in a state of partial servitude.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
latifundium
Plural:
latifundia

Origin of latifundium

  • Latin lātifundium lātus broad fundus estate, base

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin lātifundium, from lātus (“wide, extensive") + fundus (“ground, base, estate, farm")

    From Wiktionary