Latifundium Law and Legal Definition

Latifundium is a Latin term. It is derived from Latin terms ‘latus’ (meaning broad) and ‘fundus’ (meaning land.) As used in Roman law, it is used to refer to a large private estate that is usually made up of smaller ones. These lands were generally used for agricultural purposes.

Latifundia are pieces of property covering very large land areas. Such estates were common in the last few centuries of the Republic. Now, latifundia are found in Latin America and Italy.