noun \a-ˈdrā\

Definition of adret



  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at 1dress

First Known Use: 1922

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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