acre

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English[edit]

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From Middle English acre, aker, from Old English æcer (a field, land, that which is sown, sown land, cultivated land; a definite quantitiy of land, land which a yoke of oxen could plough in a day, an acre, a certain quantity of land, strip of plough-land; crop), from Proto-Germanic *akraz (field), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éǵros (field). Cognate with Scots acre, aker, acker (acre, field, arable land), North Frisian ecir (field, a measure of land), West Frisian eker (field), Dutch akker (field), German Acker (field, acre), Swedish åker (field), Icelandic akur (field), Latin ager (land, field, acre, countryside), Ancient Greek ἀγρός (agrós, field). Related also to acorn.

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acre (plural acres)

  1. (obsolete) A field.
  2. An English unit of land area (symbol: a. or ac.) originally denoting a day's plowing for a yoke of oxen, now standardized as 4,840 square yards or 4,046.86 square meters.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, Internal Combustion[1]:
      Buried within the Mediterranean littoral are some seventy to ninety million tons of slag from ancient smelting, about a third of it concentrated in Iberia. This ceaseless industrial fueling caused the deforestation of an estimated fifty to seventy million acres of woodlands.
  3. Similar units of area in other systems.
  4. (informal, usually plural) A wide expanse.
    I like my new house - there’s acres of space!
  5. (informal, usually plural) A large quantity.
  6. (obsolete) The acre's breadth or length, English units of length equal to the statute dimensions of the acre: 22 yds (≈20 m) or 220 yrds (≈200 m).
  7. (obsolete) A duel fought between individual Scots and Englishmen in the borderlands.

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  • (100 carucates, notionally) See hundred
  • (the area able to be plowed by 8 oxen in a year) See carucate
  • (the area able to be plowed by two oxen in a year) See virgate
  • (the area able to be plowed by an ox in a year) See oxgang
  • (the area able to be plowed by an ox in half a season) See nook
  • (the area able to be plowed by an ox in ¼ a season) See fardel
  • (10 acres, prob. spurious) acreme

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from Old Norse akr.

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acre f (plural acres)

  1. (historical) acre

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ācre, neuter nominative singular of ācer (sharp).

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acre m, f (masculine and feminine plural acri)

  1. sharp, sour
  2. harsh

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Latin[edit]

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ācre

  1. neuter nominative singular of ācer
  2. neuter accusative singular of ācer
  3. neuter vocative singular of ācer

Norman[edit]

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acre f (plural acres)

  1. (Jersey) acre

Portuguese[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin ācre, neuter nominative singular of ācer (sharp), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ḱrós (sharp).

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acre m, f (plural acres, comparable)

  1. sharp (having an intense, acrid flavour)

Etymology 2[edit]

From English acre, from Middle English acre, aker, from Old English æcer, from Proto-Germanic *akraz (field), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éǵros (field).

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acre m (plural acres)

  1. acre (unit of surface area)

Romanian[edit]

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acre

  1. feminine plural nominative form of acru
  2. feminine plural accusative form of acru
  3. neuter plural nominative form of acru
  4. neuter plural accusative form of acru

Spanish[edit]

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acre m, f (plural acres)

  1. bitter; acrid
  2. caustic

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acre m (plural acres)

  1. acre

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