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EnglishEdit

 
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Alternative formsEdit

  • aker (archaic)
  • acer (-er form, chiefly UK)

EtymologyEdit

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), Norwegian and Swedish åker (field), Icelandic akur (field), Latin ager (land, field, acre, countryside), Ancient Greek ἀγρός (agrós, field). Related also to acorn.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

acre (plural acres)

  1. 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, in 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.
  2. Any of various similar units of area in other systems.
  3. (informal, usually in the plural) A wide expanse.
    I like my new house - there’s acres of space!
  4. (informal, usually in the plural) A large quantity.
  5. (obsolete) A field.
  6. (obsolete) The acre's breadth by the length, English units of length equal to the statute dimensions of the acre: 22 yds (≈20 m) by 220 yrds (≈200 m).
  7. (obsolete) A duel fought between individual Scots and Englishmen in the borderlands.

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HypernymsEdit

  • (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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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably from Old Norse akr.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

acre f (plural acres)

  1. (historical) acre

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

acre (masculine and feminine plural acri)

  1. sharp, sour
  2. harsh

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LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

ācre

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

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NormanEdit

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NounEdit

acre f (plural acres)

  1. (Jersey) acre

PortugueseEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

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AdjectiveEdit

acre m, f (plural acres, comparable)

  1. sharp (having an intense, acrid flavour)

Etymology 2Edit

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

NounEdit

acre m (plural acres)

  1. acre (unit of surface area)

RomanianEdit

ScotsEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English aker, from Old English æcer (field; acre). Cognate with English acre; see there for more.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ˈekər], [ˈjɪkər]
  • (South Scots) IPA(key): [ˈakər], [ˈɛkər]

NounEdit

acre (plural acres)

  1. An acre (unit of measurement)

Usage notesEdit

The plural is acre when following a numeral.

VerbEdit

acre (third-person singular present acres, present participle acrin, past acrit, past participle acrit)

  1. To let grain crops be harvested at a stated sum per acre.
  2. To be employed in harvesting grain crops at a stated sum per acre.

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SpanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin acer, acre. Cf. also agrio.

AdjectiveEdit

acre (plural acres)

  1. bitter; acrid
  2. caustic
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Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from English acre. Doublet of agro.

NounEdit

acre m (plural acres)

  1. acre

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