acre

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noun \ˈā-kər\

Definition of acre

  1. 1a archaic :  a field especially of arable land or pasturelandb acres plural :  lands, estate

  2. 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 weight table

  3. 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.

Origin and Etymology of acre

Middle English, from Old English æcer; akin to Old High German ackar field, Latin ager, Greek agros, and perhaps to Latin agere to drive — more at agent


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Weights and Measures Terms


Acre

geographical name \ˈä-krē, -(ˌ)krā\

Definition of Acre

  1. 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

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geographical name \ˈä-kər, ˈā-kər, ˈä-krə\
variants: or Hebrew

ʽAkko

or Old Testament

Accho

\ˈä-kō, ˈā-\play or New Testament

Ptolemaïs

\ˌtä-lə-ˈmā-əs\play

Definition of Acre

  1. 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

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noun \ˈā-kər\

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

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noun \ˈā-kər\

Definition of acre for Students

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



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