\ a-ˈdrā \
plural -s

Definition of adret

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

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First Known Use of adret

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adret

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

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“Adret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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