Are Definition

âr, är
A metric unit of area equal to 100 square meters (119.6 square yards).
American Heritage
The basic unit of land area in the metric system, equal to 100 square meters or 0.01 hectare (119.6 square yards or 0.0247 acre): abbrev. a.
Webster's New World

(rare) An accepted (but deprecated and rarely used) SI unit of area equal to 100 square metres, or a former unit of approximately the same extent. Symbol: a.


Plural form of area.

  • ar
Webster's New World

Second-person singular simple present tense of be.

Mary, where are you going?

First-person plural simple present tense of be.

We are not coming.

Second-person plural simple present tense of be.

Mary and John, are you listening?

Third-person plural simple present tense of be.

They are here somewhere.
Arab Republic of Egypt.
Webster's New World

Origin of Are

  • From Middle English aren, from Old English earun, earon (“are”), reinforced by Old Norse plural forms in er- (displacing alternative Old English sind and bēoþ), from Proto-Germanic *arun (“(they) are", originally, "(they) became”), from the third person plural preterite indicative form of *iraną (“to rise, be quick, become active”), from Proto-Indo-European *er-, *or(w)- (“to rise, lift, move”). Cognate with Old Norse erun (“(they) are”), Old English eart (“(thou) art”). More at art.

    From Wiktionary

  • French from Latin ārea open space area

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French are.

    From Wiktionary

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