- the state or condition of being in arrears.
- Often arrearages. arrears; amount or amounts overdue.
- Archaic. a thing or part kept in reserve.
Origin of arrearage
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Examples from the Web for arrearage
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Word Origin and History for arrearage
"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