• WordNet 3.6
    • n arpent a former French unit of area; equal approximately to an acre
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Arpent 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n arpent An old French measure for land. By a royal edict of 1669, it must contain 100 perches of 22 feet each (linearly), or 48,400 square feet. This was called the arpent royal, arpent d'ordonnance, or arpent des eaux et forêts. The common arpent had 40,000 square feet, the arpent of Paris 32,400, these being based on perches of 20 and 18 feet. The following are the areas in ares: arpent of Paris, 34.1887; common arpent, 42.2083; royal arpent, 51.0720; English acre, 40.4678. The arpent is still used in Louisiana, and in the province of Quebec. Formerly also arpen, arpine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Arpent är′pent an old French measure for land still used in Quebec and Louisiana = 100 sq. perches, varying with the perch from 1¼ acre to 5⁄6 of an acre.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. arpent, fr. L. arepennis, arapennis,. According to Columella, a Gallic word for a measure equiv. to half a Roman jugerum,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. arepennis, said to be a Gallic word.


In literature:

She is Fraulein Arpent.
"Frances Waldeaux" by Rebecca Harding Davis
Rights over the commons (124 arpents in Blet and 164 arpents in Brosses).
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
We're goin' to have half an arpent square of flowers, an' she'll love to work among 'em.
"Back to God's Country and Other Stories" by James Oliver Curwood
The sons claim and receive their shares of the arpents of land when those boys are grown and married.
"The Landloper" by Holman Day
Napoleon Buonaparte" (Italian pronounciation) "will make good every arpent within the next two years.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
In like manner, the acres are taken in arpents.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
The corn-lands here rent for about fifteen livres the arpent.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
In our known hemisphere there are about fifty thousand million arpents to cultivate, some passable, some sterile.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
Before the Revolution the Generality of Paris contained 150,000 arpents of waste commons; the Generality of Soissons 120,000 arpents.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
ARPENTS (Rue des), 4.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook