acre

[ ey-ker ]
/ ˈeɪ kər /

noun

a common measure of area: in the U.S. and U.K., 1 acre equals 4,840 square yards (4,047 square meters) or 0.405 hectare; 640 acres equals one square mile.
acres,
  1. lands; land: wooded acres.
  2. Informal. large quantities: acres of Oriental rugs.
Archaic. a plowed or sown field.

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Origin of acre

before 1000; Middle English aker, Old English æcer; cognate with Old Frisian ekker, Old Saxon akkar, Old High German ackar (German Acker), Old Norse akr, Gothic akers, Latin ager, Greek agrós, Sanskrit ájra-; see also acorn, agrarian, agrestic, agriculture, agro-

OTHER WORDS FROM acre

half-a·cre, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for half-acre (1 of 2)

acre
/ (ˈeɪkə) /

noun

a unit of area used in certain English-speaking countries, equal to 4840 square yards or 4046.86 square metres
(plural)
  1. land, esp a large area
  2. informal a large amounthe has acres of space in his room
farm the long acre NZ to graze cows on the verge of a road

Word Origin for acre

Old English æcer field, acre; related to Old Norse akr, German Acker, Latin ager field, Sanskrit ajra field

British Dictionary definitions for half-acre (2 of 2)

Acre

noun

(ˈɑːkrə) a state of W Brazil: mostly unexplored tropical forests; acquired from Bolivia in 1903. Capital: Rio Branco. Pop: 586 942 (2002). Area: 152 589 sq km (58 899 sq miles)
(ˈeɪkə, ˈɑːkə) a city and port in N Israel, strategically situated on the Bay of Acre in the E Mediterranean: taken and retaken during the Crusades (1104, 1187, 1191, 1291), taken by the Turks (1517), by Egypt (1832), and by the Turks again (1839). Pop: 45 600 (2001)Old Testament name: Accho (ɑːˈkəʊ) Arabic name: `Akka (ɑːˈkɑː) Hebrew name: `Akko (ɑːˈkəʊ)
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Scientific definitions for half-acre

acre
[ ākər ]

A unit of area in the US Customary System, used in land and sea floor measurement and equal to 43,560 square feet or 4,047 square meters.
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