plural -s
: a mountain slope so oriented as to receive considerable light and warmth from the sun during the day
used chiefly of the Alps

Word History


borrowed from French, borrowed from Occitan (Dauphiné dialects) adreit, adret, going back to Old Occitan adreg, derivative of adreg, adreit "suitable, correct, good," (hence, "the good side of the mountain") from a-, prefix, perhaps with intensive value (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + dreg, dreit "straight, direct" going back to Latin directus

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adret was in 1922

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“Adret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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