Meaning of mezzadria in English:

mezzadria

noun

(also mezzeria)
historical
  • 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.

    This system ceased to operate after the Second World War.

Pronunciation

mezzadria

/mɛdzəˈdriːə/ /mɛtsəˈdriːə/

Origin

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