Definition of mezzadria in English:

mezzadria

(also mezzeria)

Pronunciation /mɛdzəˈdriːə/ /mɛtsəˈdriːə/

noun

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.

Origin

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