Pronunciation: (en-kō"mē-en'du, -kom"ē-; Sp. eng"kô-myen'dä),[key] —n., —pl.-dasPronunciation: (-duz; Sp. -däs).[key]
(formerly in Spanish America)
1. the system, instituted in 1503, under which a Spanish soldier or colonist was granted a tract of land or a village together with its Indian inhabitants.
2. the land or village together with its inhabitants.