Simple Definition of area
: a part or section within a larger place
: a section of space within a building, room, etc.
: a part of the surface of something (such as a person's body or a piece of cloth)
Full Definition of area
1 : a level piece of ground
3 : the scope of a concept, operation, or activity : field <the whole area of foreign policy>
4 : areaway
5 : a particular extent of space or surface or one serving a special function: as a : a part of the surface of the body b : a geographic region
6 : a part of the cerebral cortex having a particular function
arealplay \-ē-əl\ adjective
areallyplay \-ə-lē\ adverb
Examples of area in a sentence
Settlers came to this area from the east.
The group visited the area during a hunting trip.
in the area surrounding the lake
The storm caused damage in many areas along the coast.
a bird found only in remote areas of the U.S.
in many areas of the world
He is the metropolitan area's most popular politician.
He lived in an unfashionable area of the city.
She set aside a work area in the kitchen.
The dining area has extra windows.
Origin and Etymology of area
Latin, open space, threshing floor; perhaps akin to Latin arēre to be dry — more at arid
First Known Use: 1538
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