present pl. indicative of be, from O.E. earun (Mercian), aron (Northumbrian), see be
. Also from O.N. cognates. In 17c., began to replace be, ben as first person plural present indicative in standard English. The only non-dialectal survival of be in this sense is the powers that
be. But in southwest England, we be (in Devonshire us be) remains non-standard idiom as a contradictory positive ("You people aren't speaking correct English." "Oh, yes we be!").
square unit of 10 meters on each side, 1819, from Fr., formed 1795 by decree of the French National Convention, from L. area "vacant piece of ground" (see area
Gk. god of war, identified by Romans with their Mars; lit. "injurer, destroyer," from are "bane, ruin," probably cognate with O.E. yrre "ire," Skt. irasya "ill-will."