Area 51

[ air-ee-uh-fif-tee-wuhn ]
/ ˈɛər i ə ˈfɪf tiˌwʌn /

noun Informal.

a highly classified U.S. Air Force facility in southern Nevada. Area 51 has been the subject of speculation that the site is used to study and conceal evidence of UFO activity as well as visitations by extraterrestrials: Just when I’m sure that all this UFO talk about Area 51 is plain nonsense, someone comes out with a new book or documentary to make me start wondering again.

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Origin of Area 51

First recorded in 1955–60; from its CIA map designation. Area 51 was also previously referred to as “Paradise Ranch,” later shortened to “the Ranch” in order to make the facility sound more attractive to potential workers
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020