General English

General Science


  • noun a region of land


  • noun a defined part of a surface


  • noun a measurement of the space taken up by something (calculated by multiplying the length by the width)
  • noun a part of a country, a division for commercial purposes
  • noun a part of a room, factory, restaurant, etc.


  • noun a section of memory or code that is reserved for a certain purpose


  • A measurement of a given planar region or of the surface of a solid.
  • A particular part of a building that has been set aside for a specific purpose.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a space in a building such as a library, designated for a particular purpose, e.g. a reference area

Origin & History of “area”

Area is a direct borrowing from Latin ārea, which simply meant ‘level piece of open ground, particularly one not built on in a city’. An alternative sense of the Latin word, ‘place where grain is threshed’, has suggested to some etymologists a derivation from the Latin verb ārēre ‘be dry’ (related to ardor and aridus, sources of English ardour and arid).