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).
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- 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
The arpent is the old French measure that is approximately one acre in size.
The portage was said to be only fifty acres long (the arpent is the popular measure of distance here), but it passed over a ridge of newly burned land, and was so entangled with ruined woods and desolate of birds and flowers that it seemed to us at least five miles.
The arpent was the standard unit of area in the Creole parishes of Louisiana, the acre in the parishes of Anglo-American settlement.] [Footnote 34: Calvin D. Wilson, "Black Masters," in the _North American
He could keep his fish, but had to fell and cut four arpents of trees an arpent is 0.85 percent of an acre over the next year and live on the place as well.
They was sold for ten dollars an arpent back in the twenties.
"Paysan sautant sur son petit arpent" (1947) takes its inspiration from the graffiti found on Parisian walls.
This was the linear arpent, as distinct from the arpent superficiel, a measure of area, below.
We found domain buildings and a yard surrounded by a hedge and within 3 barns, 1 arpent of vines, 1 garden with trees, 15 geese, 20 chickens.
The habitant paid usually in _cens et rentes_ twenty sols (about twenty cents) for each arpent (192 feet) of frontage; instead of cash usually he might pay in kind -- a live capon or a small measure (demi-minot) of grain for each arpent.
An arpent is about one-seventh less than an acre; and a minot about one-eighth (some say one-twelfth) more than a bushel.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.