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arrearage

[uh-reer-ij]
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noun
  1. the state or condition of being in arrears.
  2. Often arrearages. arrears; amount or amounts overdue.
  3. Archaic. a thing or part kept in reserve.

Origin of arrearage

1275–1325; Middle English arerage < Old French. See arrear, -age
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Historical Examples

  • Resolved, That the landlord of the Club room whistle for the arrearage of rent.

    The History and Records of the Elephant Club

    Knight Russ Ockside and Q. K. Philander Doesticks


Word Origin and History for arrearage

n.

"unpaid debt," early 14c., from Old French arierage "detriment, prejudice (in a legal sense)" (Modern French arrérage), from arere "behind;" see arrears.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper