Definitions and meaning of area
Borrowed from Latin area.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: âr'ēə, IPA(key): /ˈɛə̯ɹɪə̯/
- (US) enPR: ăr'ēə, IPA(key): /ˈæɹ.i.ə/, /ˈɛɹ.i.ə/
area (plural areas or areæ)
- (mathematics) A measure of the extent of a surface; it is measured in square units.
- 2018, VOA Learning English > China's Melting Glacier Brings Visitors, Adds to Climate Concerns
- It is about 4.5 million square kilometers in area and holds the world’s third largest collection of ice after Antarctica and Greenland.
- A particular geographic region.
- Any particular extent of surface, especially an empty or unused extent.
- The extent, scope, or range of an object or concept.
- (Britain) An open space, below ground level, between the front of a house and the pavement.
- 1853, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, ch 4:
- This was so favourably received by the milkman and beadle that he would immediately have been pushed into the area if I had not held his pinafore while Richard and Mr. Guppy ran down through the kitchen to catch him when he should be released.
- 1908, Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans":
- A minute later we were both in the area. Hardly had we reached the dark shadows before the step of the policeman was heard in the fog above. As its soft rhythm died away, Holmes set to work upon the lower door. I saw him stoop and strain until with a sharp crash it flew open. We sprang through into the dark passage, closing the area door behind us.
- (soccer) Penalty box; penalty area.
- (slang) Genitals.
- Imperial: square inches, square feet, square yards, square miles, acres
- Metric: square meters/square metres, square centimeters/square centimetres, square kilometers/square kilometres, hectares
area (plural areas)
From Old Galician and Old Portuguese arẽa, from Latin arēnā (“sand”). Cognate with Portuguese areia and Spanish arena.
area f (plural areas)
- sand (a grain)
- (figuratively) a grain of salt
- sand (collectively)
- Synonyms: xabre, saibro
- (dated) beach, cove
- Synonyms: areal, praia, arnela
- “area” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
- “area” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
- “area” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
- “area” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
- “area” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.
Borrowed from Latin ārea. Doublet of Italian aia (“threshing floor”).
area f (plural aree)
- area, surface
- land, ground
- field, sector
- Either from Proto-Italic *āzeā, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eHs-e-yeh₂, from *h₂eHs- (“to burn”) (whence āreō, ārā),
- Or from Proto-Italic *āreā, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eh₂r-e-yeh₂, from *h₂eh₂rh₃- (“threshing tool”) (cognate with Hittite [script needed] (ḫaḫḫar, “rake, threshing tool”)), resultative reduplicated noun from verb *h₂erh₃- (“to plough”).
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈaː.re.a/, [ˈaː.ɾe.a]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈa.re.a/, [ˈaː.rɛ.a]
ārea f (genitive āreae); first declension
- a piece of level ground, a vacant place (esp. in the town)
- ground for a house, a building-spot
- (figuratively) a vacant space around or in a house, a court
- (figuratively) an open space for games, an open play-ground
- (figuratively) a threshing floor
- (figuratively) the halo around the sun or moon
- (figuratively) a bed or border in a garden
- (figuratively) a fowling-floor
- (figuratively) a burying-ground, church-yard
- (figuratively) a bald spot upon the head, baldness
- vocative singular of ārea
- ablative singular of ārea
- area in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- area in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- area in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
- area in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- area in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
- area in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly
From Spanish área and English area.
area f (plural areas)
- Obsolete spelling of área
From Latin area (literally “vacant piece of level ground”)
- (geometry) area; a measure of squared distance.
- a region.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)