ACRE - Black's Law Dictionary

What is ACRE? Definition of ACRE in Black's Law Dictionary

A quantity of land containing 160 square rods of land, in whatever shape. Serg. Land Laws Pa. 185; Cro.Eliz. 476, 665; 6 Coke 67; Poph. 55; Co.Litt. 5b.

Originally the word "acre" (acer, aker, or Sax, cecer) was not used as a measure of land, or to signify any determinate quantity of land, but to denote any open ground, (latum quantumvis agrum,) wide champaign, or field; which is still the meaning of the German acker, derived probably from the same source, and is preserved in the names of some places in England, as Castle Acre, South Acre, etc. Burrill. Originally a strip in the fields that was ploughed in the forenoon. Maitland, Domesday and Beyond, 387.

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