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[air-eez] /ˈɛər iz/
the ancient Greek god of war, a son of Zeus and Hera, identified by the Romans with Mars.


[air, ahr] /ɛər, ɑr/
a measure of surface area; 1 are is equal to1/100 (0.01) of a hectare (100 square meters or 119.6 square yards).
Abbreviation: a.
Origin of are2
1810-20; < French < Latin ārea. See area Unabridged
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  • This is a good notion; and, to prevent any other getting into our heads, let us go on to Ares.

    Cratylus Plato
  • "If you have trouble, we'll hunt you out in the Ares," he finished.

    Valley of Dreams Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • The four men of the Ares were silent—even the sardonic Harrison.

    A Martian Odyssey Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • Men say that he is of the race of the Sun, and he is mighty in battle as Ares himself.

    Stories of the Old world Alfred John Church
  • And the man also is terrible as his shield, and seemeth to be inspired of Ares.

    Stories of the Old world Alfred John Church
  • Thus in Kln, the Morgen is 3172 Ares, the Waldmorgen 3806 Ares.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
British Dictionary definitions for Ares


(Greek myth) the god of war, born of Zeus and Hera Roman counterpart Mars


/ɑː; unstressed ə/
the plural form of the present tense (indicative mood) of the verb `be' and the singular form used with you
Word Origin
Old English aron, second person plural of bēon to be


a unit of area equal to 100 sq metres or 119.599 sq yards; one hundredth of a hectare a
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin ārea piece of level ground; see area
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Word Origin and History for Ares

Greek god of war, identified by Romans with their Mars; literally "injurer, destroyer," from are "bane, ruin," perhaps cognate with Sanskrit irasya "ill-will" (see ire).



present plural indicative of be (q.v.), from Old English earun (Mercian), aron (Northumbrian). Also from Old Norse cognates. In 17c., began to replace be, ben as first person plural present indicative in standard English. The only non-dialectal survival of be in this sense is the powers that be. But in southwest England, we be (in Devonshire us be) remains non-standard idiom as a contradictory positive ("You people aren't speaking correct English." "Oh, yes we be!").



square unit of 10 meters on each side, 1819, from French, formed 1795 by decree of the French National Convention, from Latin area "vacant piece of ground" (see area).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Ares in Culture
Ares [(air-eez)]

[Roman name Mars]

The Greek and Roman god of war, brutal and bloodthirsty. He was the son of Zeus and Hera.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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