: a sharp-crested ridge in rugged mountains

Examples of arête in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our raison d’etre or arete is to be the world’s most durable denim. Ted Williams, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History


borrowed from French, "fish bone, edge formed by the meeting of two planes, line formed by two slopes of a mountain ridge," going back to Middle French areste — more at arris

Note: See note at arris.

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arête was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Arête.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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