Definition of mezzadria in US English:

mezzadria

(also mezzeria)

noun

Italian History
  • A system of feudal land tenure whereby a farmer paid a proportion (originally half) of the farm's produce as rent. Also (occasionally) attributive, in "mezzadria district", "mezzadria system", etc.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Encyclopaedia Britannica. From Italian mezzadria from mezzadro + -ia.