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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various French units of land measurement, especially one used in parts of Canada and the southern United States and equal to about 0.4 hectare (0.85 acre).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A unit of length, having various official measures
  • n. A unit of area, having various official measures

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Formerly, a measure of land in France, varying in different parts of the country. The arpent of Paris was 4,088 sq. yards, or nearly five sixths of an English acre. The woodland arpent was about 1 acre, 1 rood, 1 perch, English.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old French measure for land.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a former French unit of area; equal approximately to an acre

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from Latin arepennis, half acre; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Late Latin *arepennis (“surface of a field”), from Gaulish *are-penno- (“end, extremity of a field”). (Wiktionary)

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  • Any of various French units of land measurement, especially one used in parts of Canada and the southern United States and equal to about 0.4 hectare (0.85 acre).

    July 10, 2008