WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ar•e•a /ˈɛriə/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -as. 
  1. a part of a space or a surface: the dark areas in the painting.
  2. a place or part of the world;
    geographical region: the downtown area.
  3. a section reserved for a specific function:the dining area.
  4. a particular subject of study or knowledge;
    field:new areas of interest.
  5. a measurement of a surface, equal to the length multiplied by the width.
ar•e•al, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ar•e•a  (ârē ə),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. any particular extent of space or surface;
    part:the dark areas in the painting; the dusty area of the room.
  2. a geographical region;
    tract:the Chicago area; the unsettled areas along the frontier.
  3. any section reserved for a specific function:the business area of a town; the dining area of a house.
  4. extent, range, or scope:inquiries that embrace the whole area of science.
  5. field of study, or a branch of a field of study:Related areas of inquiry often reflect borrowed notions.
  6. a piece of unoccupied ground;
    an open space.
  7. the space or site on which a building stands;
    the yard attached to or surrounding a house.
  8. British Termsareaway (def. 1).
  9. Mathematicsthe quantitative measure of a plane or curved surface;
    two-dimensional extent.
  10. Anatomya zone of the cerebral cortex having a specific function:The damage to Broca's area affected his speech.
are•al, adj. 
are•al•ly, adv. 
  • Latin ārea vacant piece of level ground, open space in a town, threshing floor; perh. akin to ārēre to be dry. See arid
  • 1530–40

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

area /ˈɛərɪə/ n
  1. any flat, curved, or irregular expanse of a surface
  2. the extent of a two-dimensional surface enclosed within a specified boundary or geometric figure: the area of Ireland, the area of a triangle
  3. the two-dimensional extent of the surface of a solid, or of some part thereof, esp one bounded by a closed curve: the area of a sphere
  4. a section, portion, or part
  5. region; district; locality
  6. a geographical division of administrative responsibility
  7. (as modifier): area manager
  8. a part or section, as of a building, town, etc, having some specified function or characteristic: reception area, commercial area, slum area

  9. Also called: areaway a sunken area, usually enclosed, giving light, air, and sometimes access to a cellar or basement
  10. the range, extent, or scope of anything
  11. a subject field or field of study
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin: level ground, open space, threshing-floor; related to ārēre to be dry

ˈareal adj

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