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

1275–1325; Middle English arerage < Old French. See arrear, -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for arrearage

arrears, indebtedness, liability, obligation

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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