Definition of minifundium in English:

minifundium

noun

  • A small farm or property in Latin America, especially one that is too small to support a single family.

    • ‘The landscape around Vigo is very picturesque, with pine and eucalyptus covered hills and lush green valleys with typical minifundia where the campesinos produce the traditional Galician wines.’
    • ‘Small landowners, with their small plots of land called minifundia, are gradually being forced out.’
    • ‘There are many examples throughout Europe, including crofting in northern Scotland, the tanya system in central Hungary, coltura pro-miscua in Italy and minifundia in central and northern Portugal.’
    • ‘In connection with this, one has to face the challenge of the special problems of the minifundia in order to improve the living conditions for the small farmers.’
    • ‘Restrictions on property rights were so abundant and legal frameworks so dodgy that a few years later Bolivia had to import food because its unproductive minifundia were useless.’

Origin

1950s: modern Latin, or from Spanish minifundio smallholding.

Pronunciation:

minifundium

/ˌmɪnɪˈfʌndɪəm/