- the state of being behind or late, especially in the fulfillment of a duty, promise, obligation, or the like: Many homeowners have fallen into arrears.
- Sometimes arrear. something overdue in payment; a debt that remains unpaid: Those countries that have paid their arrears may be granted additional loans.
- in arrears, behind or late, especially in payment: She was three months in arrears on her mortgage and credit card payments.Also Chiefly Law, in arrear.
Origin of arrears
Examples from the Web for arrears
Historical Examples of arrears
He has a right to claim six years' arrears—that is above L100,000.Night and Morning, Complete
So, that just when I might have had all arrears paid up, perhaps, and perhaps—who knows?The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
He was a clerk in a department store, and his board was generally in arrears.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
The landlord had called that morning for his rent, which was long in arrears.The Shadow of a Crime
Can you get all your arrears of penitence done up in six weeks, Sally?The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
- Also called: arrearage (əˈrɪərɪdʒ) (sometimes singular) something outstanding or owed
- in arrears or in arrear late in paying a debt or meeting an obligation
Word Origin for arrears
see in arrears.