from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A great landed estate, especially of the ancient Romans.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A great landed estate with absentee ownership and labor often in a state of partial servitude.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman history, a great estate.
Latin lātifundium : lātus, broad + fundus, estate, base.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lātifundium, from lātus ("wide, extensive") + fundus ("ground, base, estate, farm") (Wiktionary)