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

The two counties saw further damage when the Delta fire started Sept. 5 and burned more than 63,000 acres. Hannah Frystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Firefighters gain upper hand against fast-moving Mountain fire in Shasta County," 23 Aug. 2019 Last fall, the Camp fire burned more than 153,000 acres in Northern California and erased the town of Paradise (most of its population remains displaced). The Christian Science Monitor, "The path to meaningful employment," 13 Aug. 2019 Ideally, Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks would burn 10,000 or more acres a year, Theune said. Washington Post, "Fighting fire with fire underused in US West despite goals," 12 Aug. 2019 Ideally, Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks would burn 10,000 or more acres a year, Theune said. Brian Melley, The Denver Post, "U.S. West struggles to hit goals of fighting fire with fire," 12 Aug. 2019 In 2015, the largest wildfire season recorded in U.S. history, wildfires burned more than 10 million acres of land. Claire Wolters, National Geographic, "Wildfires, explained," 11 Aug. 2019 Alaska’s fire season isn’t over yet: 256 fires had burned more than 2.2 million acres this week. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Kenai Peninsula fire that made for smoky skies through much of the summer is winding down," 31 July 2019 Rising from the ashes There’s no question that the June 2013 fire that burned more than 3,200 acres devastated the region. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "As the Royal Gorge turns 90, now is the time to visit Cañon City," 27 July 2019 Fire crews are continuing to battle a brush fire south of Bickleton, in Klickitat County, that has burned more than 253 acres, fire officials said Monday. Mike Carter, The Seattle Times, "Juniper fire in Klickitat County 80% contained, response to downgrade Tuesday," 22 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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acre

noun

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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