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arrear

ARRE'AR, adv. [L. ad and retro.]

Behind; at the hinder part. In this sense obsolete. But from this use, we retain the word as a noun in the phrase, in arrear, to signify behind in payment.

ARRE'AR, n. That which is behind in payment, or which remains unpaid, though due. It is generally used in the plural, as the arrears of rent, wages and taxes; and supposes a part of the money already paid.




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ARRE'AR, adv. [L. ad and retro.]

Behind; at the hinder part. In this sense obsolete. But from this use, we retain the word as a noun in the phrase, in arrear, to signify behind in payment.

ARRE'AR, n. That which is behind in payment, or which remains unpaid, though due. It is generally used in the plural, as the arrears of rent, wages and taxes; and supposes a part of the money already paid.


AR-REAR', adv. [Fr. arriere, behind. In some of its uses it has the sense of lower, inferior. (See Arriere-ban.) Sp. and Port. arriar, to lower sail; Arm. reor, revr, or refr, the fundament; W. rhevyr, id., from rhev, thick. Lunier deduces arrear and arriere from L. ad and retro. But the derivation from the Celtic seems most probably correct.]

Behind; at the hinder part. – Spenser. In this sense obsolete. But from this use, we retain the word as a noun in the phrase, in arrear, to signify behind in payment.


AR-REAR', n.

That which is behind in payment, or which remains unpaid, though due. It is generally used in the plural, as, the arrears of rent, wages, and taxes; and supposes a part of the money already paid.


Ar*rear"
  1. To or in the rear; behind; backwards.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  2. That which is behind in payment, or which remains unpaid, though due; esp. a remainder, or balance which remains due when some part has been paid; arrearage; -- commonly used in the plural, as, arrears of rent, wages, or taxes.

    Locke.

    For much I dread due payment by the Greeks
    Of yesterday's arrear.
    Cowper.

    I have a large arrear of letters to write.
    J. D. Forbes.

    In arrear or In arrears, behind; backward; behindhand; in debt.

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Arrear

ARRE'AR, adverb [Latin ad and retro.]

Behind; at the hinder part. In this sense obsolete. But from this use, we retain the word as a noun in the phrase, in arrear to signify behind in payment.

ARRE'AR, noun That which is behind in payment, or which remains unpaid, though due. It is generally used in the plural, as the arrears of rent, wages and taxes; and supposes a part of the money already paid.

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