a measure of surface area; 1 are is equal to1/100 (0.01) of a hectare (100 square meters or 119.6 square yards).
Abbreviation: a.
the plural form of the present tense (indicative mood) of the verb `be’ and the singular form used with you
a unit of area equal to 100 sq metres or 119.599 sq yards; one hundredth of a hectare a

present plural indicative of be (q.v.), from Old English earun (Mercian), aron (Northumbrian). Also from Old Norse cognates. In 17c., began to replace be, ben as first person plural present indicative in standard English. The only non-dialectal survival of be in this sense is the powers that be. But in southwest England, we be (in Devonshire us be) remains non-standard idiom as a contradictory positive (“You people aren’t speaking correct English.” “Oh, yes we be!”).

square unit of 10 meters on each side, 1819, from French, formed 1795 by decree of the French National Convention, from Latin area “vacant piece of ground” (see area).


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