Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “in arrears”

See all translations

in arrears

owing money that should have been paid already: My account is badly in arrears. They are in arrears on/with their mortgage payments. If someone is paid in arrears, they are paid at the end of the period of time during which the money was earned: I'm paid a week in arrears.
Translations of “in arrears”
in Chinese (Traditional) 拖欠, 後付(工作一段時間後支付薪水)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拖欠, 后付(工作一段时间后支付薪水)…
(Definition of in arrears from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More