Definitions

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

  • n. The state of being behind in the fulfillment of obligations or of being overdue in payment.
  • n. A payment owed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A condition of being in arrears.
  • n. An item that is in arrears, as periodic payments on a debt or for taxes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which remains unpaid and overdue, after payment of a part; arrears.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or condition of being behindhand or in arrears.
  • n. Arrears; amount or amounts outstanding or overdue; any sum of money remaining unpaid after previous payment of a part.

Etymologies

Old French arierageĀ ("detriment, legal prejudice") (Wiktionary)

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  • So in short time, thou art in arrearage grown
    Some hundred quarrels, yet dost thou fight none ;
    Nor need'st thou : for those few, by oath releast,
    Make good what thou dar'st do in all the rest.
    Keep thy self there, and think thy valor right ;
    He that dares damn himself, dares more than fight.

    - Ben Jonson, 'To Brainhardy'.

    July 28, 2009