Definition of arable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈerəb(ə)l/


1(Of land) used or suitable for growing crops.
Example sentences
  • Some cyanobacteria do not require fresh water, nitrate - based fertilizer, or even arable land to grow and flourish.
  • A third of Russia's arable land lies fallow and production costs are one-third lower than those for American wheat farmers.
  • Over the rolling, variegated hills, where virulent yellow rape seed mingles with brown arable land and verdant fruit farms, a grey, murky pallor is cast.
1.1(Of crops) able to be grown on suitable land.
Example sentences
  • The lowland zone supported dense human communities which, given the peaceful conditions imposed by Rome, could grow a surplus of arable crops and animals.
  • Where the two kinds of terrain were found in close proximity, mixed husbandry, allowing equal or nearly equal importance to arable crops and livestock, was common.
  • Although it is predominately a dairy business, he also rears beef and grows 52 acres of arable crops.
1.2Concerned with growing arable crops: arable farming
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  • Estates with relatively more grazing were more efficient than estates with relatively more arable or mixed farming.
  • If they are arable farmers they probably receive support under the Arable Area Payment Scheme.
  • Livestock farming and arable farming are both major influences on Britain's wild plant flora.
fertile, productive


Arable land or crops.
Example sentences
  • As well as the cows we have five sheep on set-aside land and arable for feed.
  • In eastern England especially, attempts were made to farm the existing arable more intensively.
  • Mr Fuller has been part of JSR Farming for about 30 years, managing arable of about 900 acres and livestock on 500 acres at Givendale.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin arabilis, from arare 'to plow'.

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Syllabification: ar·a·ble

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