a unit of length in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries, varying from about 32 inches (81 centimeters) to about 43 inches (109 centimeters).
the square vara, used as a unit of area.
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How to use vara in a sentence
Through it runs a vein about one vara wide, extending east and west for some distance.
He was a vara fine gentleman, that never loaded his ain gun, and a'most thought it too much trouble to pull the trigger.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) | Charles Lever
It is the vara the Indians respect, not the man who carries it.Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2) | Carl Lumholtz
It was a vara imperfect discourse, in ma opinion; ye did well eneucht till ye took them through, but where did ye leave them?Scotch Wit and Humor | W. H. (Walter Henry) Howe
He represented himself as an alguazil, carrying a vara de justicia and using the name of the inquisitor-general.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4 | Henry Charles Lea
British Dictionary definitions for vara
a unit of length used in Spain, Portugal, and South America and having different values in different localities, usually between 32 and 43 inches (about 80 to 108 centimetres)
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