[lat-uh-fuhn-dee-uh m]

noun, plural lat·i·fun·di·a [lat-uh-fuhn-dee-uh] /ˌlæt əˈfʌn di ə/. Roman History.

a great estate.

Origin of latifundium

1620–30; < Latin, equivalent to lāt(us) wide, broad + -i- -i- + fund(us) a piece of land, farm, estate + -ium -ium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of latifundia

  • The latifundia were themselves effects of the policy of conquest and annexation.

  • The situation is scarcely better in parts of the country which are free from latifundia.

  • The ‘Latifundia perdidere’ the Antilles, as they did Italy of old.

    At Last

    Charles Kingsley

  • The decrease of the rural working population is marked also in England where, as well known, latifundia property reigns supreme.

  • Rome and Italy were poorest off for food at the time when the whole soil of Italy was held by about 3,000 latifundia owners.

British Dictionary definitions for latifundia


noun plural -dia (-dɪə)

a large agricultural estate, esp one worked by slaves in ancient Rome

Word Origin for latifundium

C17: from Latin lātus broad + fundus farm, estate
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