ar·​ea | \ ˈer-ē-ə How to pronounce area (audio) , ˈā-rē-ə\

Definition of area

1 : 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
2 : the scope of a concept, operation, or activity : field the whole area of foreign policy
3 : areaway
4 : a particular extent of space or surface or one serving a special function: such as
a : a part of the surface of the body
b : a geographic region
5 : a level piece of ground
6 : a part of the cerebral cortex having a particular function

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for area


demesne, field, region, zone

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Recent Examples on the Web

The first is an area of low pressure in the northwestern Gulf. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane Humberto path update: Category 2 storm may strengthen more as it tracks near Bermuda," 17 Sep. 2019 Visitors can find hay rides, a corn maze, pumpkin patch, country store, and an area for playing sports. Patrick Connolly,, "A guide to pumpkin patches and fall mazes near Orlando," 16 Sep. 2019 The restaurant is set to be approximately 3,300 square feet with a drive-through, 33 parking spaces and an outdoor dining area. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Morton Grove fast-tracks Raising Cane’s fried chicken fast-food restaurant," 16 Sep. 2019 There will be an area dubbed the Boneyard, a garage sale-like environment outside of the community center, that will be geared to DIY-ers. Jessica Peralta, Daily Pilot, "Creep It Real OC Expo is for Halloween fans who want to kick their spooky festivities up a notch," 16 Sep. 2019 More iPhone 11 sales would likely mean more subscribers to Apple digital services, an area the company is increasingly leaning on to drive profits and future growth. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Demand for the new iPhone 11 appears to be off to a good start," 16 Sep. 2019 The alpine slide is part of Snowmass Village’s Lost Forest, an adventure area atop the Elk Camp gondola that debuted last year. Joshua Berman, The Know, "From rodeos to an alpine coaster, a family-friendly travel guide to Snowmass," 14 Sep. 2019 Residents will see an increased police presence in the area while officers and staff carry out inquiries. Phil Boucher,, "Golden Toilet, Worth Over $1 Million, Stolen from Birthplace of Winston Churchill," 14 Sep. 2019 Another indicator of economic convergence is the extent to which people pay the same price for the same goods in different parts of an economic area. The Economist, "The economic policy at the heart of Europe is creaking," 12 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'area.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of area

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for area

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about area

Statistics for area

Last Updated

12 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for area

The first known use of area was circa 1552

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for area



English Language Learners Definition of area

: a part or section within a larger place
: a section of space within a building, room, etc.
: a part of the surface of something (such as a person's body or a piece of cloth)


ar·​ea | \ ˈer-ē-ə How to pronounce area (audio) \

Kids Definition of area

1 : region sense 1 a farming area
2 : the amount of surface included within limits the area of a triangle
3 : a part of the surface of something
4 : a field of activity or study the area of medicine


ar·​ea | \ ˈar-ē-ə, ˈer- How to pronounce area (audio) \

Medical Definition of area

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on area

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with area

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for area

Spanish Central: Translation of area

Nglish: Translation of area for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of area for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about area

Comments on area

What made you want to look up area? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


friendly or mild

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!