[fing-kuh; Spanish feeng-kah]

noun, plural fin·cas [fing-kuh z; Spanish feeng-kahs] /ˈfɪŋ kəz; Spanish ˈfiŋ kɑs/.

a ranch or large farm in a Spanish-speaking country, especially a plantation in tropical Spanish America.

Origin of finca

1905–10; < Spanish: property, real estate, farm (apparently orig., amount left over; hence, a sum of money > income from a property > the property itself), derivative of Old Spanish fincar to remain, stative derivative of fincar (Spanish hincar) to drive in, fix, sink (a nail), alteration of ficar (< Vulgar Latin *fīgicāre, for Latin fīgere; cf. fichu), with -n- perhaps from dial. finsar to mark out (ultimately < *fīxāre; see fix) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for finca

Contemporary Examples of finca

  • Today, the amiable Martin lives where he was born—down the road from the Castro family finca in Birán.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Castro Family Values

    A. L. Bardach

    September 20, 2009

Historical Examples of finca

  • When they start the finca there is a feast, mucho talk and drinky.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck

    Harold Bindloss

  • The señora, it seems, wants to drive her across to her finca at Orotava to-morrow.

    For Jacinta

    Harold Bindloss

  • They went to the agent's office, and after transshipping their cargo set out one morning for Don Luis' finca.

    Wyndham's Pal

    Harold Bindloss

  • In life tadpoles from Finca La Sumbadora were olive-tan above and dark gray with pale bluish gray irridescent spots ventrally.

  • A finca is a piece of land, with definite boundaries or limits whether large or small, and whether it has buildings on it or not.

    Industrial Cuba

    Robert P. Porter