One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries) a country estate; a ranch.
- ‘In Guatemala, by nightfall on April 17th indigenous peasant organizations had occupied 14 fincas (private land holdings) covering over 5,076 hectares.’
- ‘Today, tourism has moved out of its ghettoes, with fincas, farmhouses and stone cottages reimagined as hotels and villas.’
- ‘We're taking city breaks, spa breaks and walking holidays; we're visiting vineyards and art galleries, playing golf and learning tennis; and we're staying in mountain lodges, converted farmhouses and restored fincas.’
- ‘Initial daydreams of a little finca close to a Spanish beach were destroyed by the cost of even the grimmest coastal properties.’
- ‘If you require an unusual type of property, such as an original chateau or finca in an out of the way location, then what you will find on such a trip is very unlikely to suit.’
Early 20th century: from Spanish, from fincar ‘cultivate’, perhaps from Latin figere ‘fix, fasten, plant’.
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