acre

noun \ ˈā-kər \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of acre

1 a 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

Examples of acre in a Sentence

  1. The house sits on two acres of land.

  2. They own hundreds of acres of farmland.

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Origin and Etymology of acre

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.

Other Weights and Measures Terms


Acre

geographical name \ ˈä-krē , -(ˌ)krā \

Definition of Acre

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 \ ˈä-kər , ˈā-kər , ˈä-krə \
variants: or Hebrew ʽAkko or Old Testament Accho play \ˈä-kō, ˈā-\ or New Testament Ptolemaïs play \ˌtä-lə-ˈmā-əs\

Definition of Acre

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

ACRE Defined for English Language Learners

acre

noun

Definition of acre for English Language Learners

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


ACRE Defined for Kids

acre

noun \ ˈā-kər \

Definition of acre for Students

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


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