Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, 19th century
A metric unit of square measure, equal to 100 ares (which equals 2.471 acres or 10,000 square meters).
Examples of Hectare in a sentence
"A hectare is equivalent to two U.S. football fields aligned vertically."
"Along with the house, Megan inherited an operating 3-hectare beet farm."
“Hectare” is a loanword from French, where it was created by merging the ancient Greek “ἑκατόν” (“hekatón,” meaning “hundred”) with “are,” from the Latin for “piece of level ground” (“area”). In English, “are” is a historical unit of measure equivalent to 100 square meters.
Did you Know?
A hectare is equal to 10,000 square meters or 2.471 acres, but that’s not an easy measurement to visualize. Here's a better way to understand it: An American football field is roughly half a hectare, so a hectare is like two football fields side by side, with no room in the middle for fans, concessions, or sidelines. Bringing the stadium into the equation changes things. While its football field is only half a hectare, Michigan Stadium at the University of Michigan (nicknamed “The Big House”) occupies more than 5 hectares in total.