ar·​pent | \ är-ˈpäⁿ How to pronounce arpent (audio) \
plural arpents\ är-​ˈpäⁿ(z) How to pronounce arpents (audio) \

Definition of arpent

1 : any of various old French units of land area especially : one used in French sections of Canada and the U.S. equal to about 0.85 acre (0.34 hectare)
2 : a unit of length equal to one side of a square arpent

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First Known Use of arpent

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arpent

Middle French

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“Arpent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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