hect·​are ˈhek-ˌter How to pronounce hectare (audio) -ˌtär How to pronounce hectare (audio)
: a unit of area equal to 10,000 square meters see Metric System Table

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Per hectare, Kenya produces a third as much maize as Brazil, where GM maize is widely grown. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 3 Mar. 2023 Mamadou Billo Barry, a retired researcher with the Agronomic Research Institute of Guinea, said those subsistence methods yield only about 1 metric ton of rice per hectare. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, 27 Feb. 2023 The owner said some growers and packing companies pay 1,000 Mexican pesos (around 50 U.S. dollars) per hectare monthly to criminal groups. Karol Suárez And Cristopher Rogel Blanquet, The Courier-Journal, 8 Feb. 2023 Subsequent studies have underlined their dangers: one 1997 study found that each hectare dredged caused another 2.85 hectares of marsh to disappear. Boyce Upholt, Wired, 23 July 2022 Thanks in part to algae’s high protein content, 1 hectare of algae ponds can generate 27 times as much protein as a hectare of soybeans. Amy Nordrum, IEEE Spectrum, 30 May 2018 Not long ago, the site of the 438 hectare (1,080 acre) expo was barren desert. Aya Batrawy And Isabel Debre, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Oct. 2021 By July 28, the number of yields per hectare of wheat in Ukraine had fallen 20% from a year earlier, according to Green Square Agro Consulting, which specializes in farming in the Black Sea area. WSJ, 30 July 2022 Lesser prairie-chickens, for instance, are 40 times less likely to use grasslands with just five trees per hectare compared to a landscape without any trees. Brianna Randall, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2021 See More

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

Word History


French, from hect- + are are entry 2

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hectare was in 1810

Dictionary Entries Near hectare

Cite this Entry

“Hectare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hectare. Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


hect·​are ˈhek-ˌta(ə)r How to pronounce hectare (audio) -ˌte(ə)r How to pronounce hectare (audio)
: a unit of area equal to 10,000 square meters see metric system

More from Merriam-Webster on hectare

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

A Good Old-Fashioned Quiz

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?