[ kuh-loh-nuhs ]
/ kəˈloʊ nəs /
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noun, plural co·lo·ni [kuh-loh-nahy, -nee]. /kəˈloʊ naɪ, -ni/.
a serf in the latter period of the Roman Empire or in the early feudal period.
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How to use colonus in a sentence
The best coloni,' he says, 'are those which are indigeni, born on the estate and bound by hereditary ties to it.'
The only other class mentioned in the charter was that of the accol, the word used for 'free coloni' in the Bavarian laws.
Concerning the freemen of the Church who are called 'coloni,' let all pay to the Church just as the coloni of the king.
In this respect they resembled very closely the Roman 'coloni' on a private villa.
They most likely sank into the ordinary condition of the large class of 'coloni,' &c., on the great provincial estates.