ar·​ea ˈer-ē-ə How to pronounce area (audio)
: the surface included within a set of lines
specifically : the number of unit squares equal in measure to the surface see Metric System Table, Weights and Measures Table
: the scope of a concept, operation, or activity : field
the whole area of foreign policy
: a particular extent of space or surface or one serving a special function: such as
: a part of the surface of the body
: a geographic region
: a level piece of ground
: a part of the cerebral cortex having a particular function

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. See More
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Word History


Latin, open space, threshing floor; perhaps akin to Latin arēre to be dry — more at arid

First Known Use

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Time Traveler
The first known use of area was circa 1552

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Cite this Entry

“Area.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


ar·​ea ˈar-ē-ə How to pronounce area (audio)
: a particular piece of ground or extent of space often set aside for special use
a picnic area
a waiting area
: the surface inside a figure or shape
especially : the number of unit squares equal to the amount of space the surface covers
a circle with an area of 500 square meters
: region sense 2a
a farming area
: a field of activity or study
: a part of the brain having a particular function (as vision or hearing)

from Latin "open space, threshing floor" — related to aerie

Medical Definition


: a part of the cerebral cortex having a particular function see association area, motor area, sensory area

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