Definition of hectare in English:


(also ha)


  • A metric unit of square measure, equal to 100 ares (2.471 acres or 10,000 square metres).

    • ‘The department was responsible for the distribution of only 15000 hectares of farm land.’
    • ‘Some even choose to keep a handful of specialist livestock on a few hectares of land and either sell or lease the rest to full-time farmers.’
    • ‘The agency also reported that wheat and corn seeds on about 16,230 hectares of farmland had rotted.’
    • ‘The property has 214 square metres of living space and lies on seven hectares of land.’
    • ‘For that purpose, it is necessary to calculate the capital cost of irrigating an acre or hectare of land under a particular crop.’
    • ‘They saw grasses close to six feet in height with the equivalent of five tonnes of dry matter to the hectare.’
    • ‘France had a six-bedroom farmhouse on a hectare of land with stables and a separate artist's studio.’
    • ‘Even those with plantations smaller than 10 hectares should have their own fire plan in place.’
    • ‘The area of the temple shrank greatly, from over 6.66 hectares to the less than half a hectare occupied today.’
    • ‘Each person has about one hectare and each hectare can produce about 400 kilograms.’
    • ‘Sixty per cent of the wine is made from 400 hectares of vineyards owned by the company.’
    • ‘Early crops are showing excellent quality with yields in most regions around one tonne a hectare higher than last year.’
    • ‘But, he says, where winter wheat is being harvested, it's half to one ton a hectare down.’
    • ‘One of the exemptions, called the minimal clearing rule, allows farmers to clear two hectares a year.’
    • ‘Over the last five years, about 2,600 square hectares of green land have been built around the city.’
    • ‘With 22,000 hectares of farmland at stake, clearly the issue has come to a flashpoint.’
    • ‘Farmers claim the moths are causing yield losses of up to one tonne a hectare.’
    • ‘If we look at the Napier airport, we see that hectares and hectares of land were created by the sea retreating.’
    • ‘In the medium term, we only want to support those farmers who do not keep more than two livestock units per hectare.’
    • ‘Rubber is currently grown on 7-8 million hectares of plantations in the humid tropics.’


Early 19th century: from French, formed irregularly from Greek hekaton ‘hundred’ + are.