acre

noun
\ ˈā-kər How to pronounce acre (audio) \

Definition of acre

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a archaic : a field especially of arable land or pastureland
b acres plural : lands, estate
2 : any of various units of area specifically : a unit in the U.S. and England equal to 43,560 square feet (4047 square meters) — see Weights and Measures Table
3 : a broad expanse or great quantity acres of free publicity

Acre

geographical name (1)
\ ˈä-krē How to pronounce Acre (audio) , -(ˌ)krā How to pronounce Acre (audio) \

Definition of Acre (Entry 2 of 3)

state in western Brazil bordering on Peru and Bolivia; capital Rio Branco area 59,343 square miles (153,698 square kilometers), population 733,559

Acre

geographical name (2)
\ ˈä-kər How to pronounce Acre (audio) , ˈā-kər, ˈä-krə How to pronounce Acre (audio) \
variants: or Hebrew ʽAkko or Old Testament Accho \ ˈä-​kō How to pronounce Accho (audio) , ˈā-​ \ or New Testament Ptolemaïs \ ˌtä-​lə-​ˈmā-​əs How to pronounce Ptolemaïs (audio) \

Definition of Acre (Entry 3 of 3)

city and port at the head of a bay on the Mediterranean Sea north of Mount Carmel in northwestern Israel population 37,400

Examples of acre in a Sentence

Noun

The house sits on two acres of land. They own hundreds of acres of farmland.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some of the 37 acres is wetlands, hence the wildlife. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$2.5M restored Oakland Township mansion is on 37 acres," 14 Sep. 2019 The city consisted of 477 acres and had a population of 6,123. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dayhoff: Westminster had electricity, and a yellow light, in 1964 but much has changed since," 7 Sep. 2019 Hidden Pond is the 30th property acquired for a total of more than 23,000 acres. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Hidden Pond Preserve latest conservation land in Orange County providing glimpses of Old Florida," 22 Aug. 2019 He was paid a reported $75,000 for the use of 600 acres of his land, though reports on the exact sum differ. Ray Cavanaugh, Time, "Max Yasgur Rented Out His Farm for Woodstock. His Neighbors Sued Him," 14 Aug. 2019 The half-acre-lot estate has four bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms and was built this year. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Scottsdale home with modern farmhouse-style design sells for $2.4M," 5 Aug. 2019 Forsythe and his wife, Kylie, are selling their four-bedroom, two-bath home on a quarter-acre lot in one of Plainfield’s older developments, which dates to 1997. Ben Casselman, BostonGlobe.com, "Home buyers and sellers just shrug as mortgage-interest deduction nearly vanishes," 4 Aug. 2019 The 8,400-square-foot house sits on a half-acre lot in Vienna’s 19th district. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In Vienna, a Villa Built for a Brewing Bigwig," 10 July 2019 By 2011, the average number of acres burned by wildfire each year had dropped from 22 million in 1944 to just 6.6 million. Lyndsie Bourgon, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of Smokey Bear, the Forest Service’s Legendary Mascot," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of acre

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for acre

Noun

Middle English aker, acre, going back to Old English æcer, going back to Germanic *akraz (whence also, with k geminate in West Germanic, Old Saxon akkar "field," Old High German ackar, Old Norse akr "arable land," Gothic akrs "field"), going back to Indo-European *h2eǵros, whence also Latin ager, "piece of land, field," Greek agrós, Sanskrit ájraḥ,

Note: This Indo-European noun is traditionally linked to the verbal base *h2eǵ- "drive (cattle, etc.)" (see agent, on the assumption that *h2eǵ-ros originally meant "pasture," "fallow land," onto which the cattle were driven, and later developed other senses, as "cultivated field." The semantic plausibility of such a derivation has recently been questioned, however.

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English Language Learners Definition of acre

: a measure of land area in the U.S. and Britain that equals 4,840 square yards (about 4,047 square meters)

acre

noun
\ ˈā-kər How to pronounce acre (audio) \

Kids Definition of acre

: a measure of land area equal to 43,560 square feet (about 4047 square meters)

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