Definition of mita in US English:

mita

(also mitta)

noun

historical
  • In colonial South America: a group of Peruvian or other Indians employed in forced labour by the Spanish colonists, usually for a specified period; the system under which such groups were employed.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Stevens (c1662–1726), translator and antiquary. From American Spanish mita from Quechua mitʔa turn, successive or alternate order.

Pronunciation

mita

/ˈmiːtə/