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[lat-uh-fuhn-dee-uh m] /ˌlæt əˈfʌn di əm/
noun, plural latifundia
[lat-uh-fuhn-dee-uh] /ˌlæt əˈfʌn di ə/ (Show IPA).
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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • The latifundia were themselves effects of the policy of conquest and annexation.

    The Evolution of States J. M. Robertson
  • The ‘latifundia perdidere’ the Antilles, as they did Italy of old.

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

  • On the field of agriculture it promotes, as the Rome of old, the latifundia ownership with all its sequences.

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

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • Heisterbergk827 thinks that the latifundia were not produced by economic causes, but by vanity and ostentation.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • In many cases it also promotes, as in ancient Rome, the latifundia ownership with all its results.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • 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.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
British Dictionary definitions for latifundia


noun (pl) -dia (-dɪə)
a large agricultural estate, esp one worked by slaves in ancient Rome
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lātus broad + fundus farm, estate
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