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  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</p>

    Knight Russ Ockside and Q. K. Philander Doesticks

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

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