Pronunciation: (âr'ē-u),[key] —n. 1. any particular extent of space or surface; part: the dark areas in the painting; the dusty area of the room. 2. a geographical region; tract: the Chicago area; the unsettled areas along the frontier. 3. any section reserved for a specific function: the business area of a town; the dining area of a house. 4. extent, range, or scope: inquiries that embrace the whole area of science. 5. field of study, or a branch of a field of study: Related areas of inquiry often reflect borrowed notions. 6. a piece of unoccupied ground; an open space.
7. the space or site on which a building stands; the yard attached to or surrounding a house.
8. Brit.areaway (def. 1).
9. the quantitative measure of a plane or curved surface; two-dimensional extent.
10. Anat.a zone of the cerebral cortex having a specific function: The damage to Broca's area affected his speech.