arête

noun
\ ə-ˈrāt How to pronounce arête (audio) \

Definition of arête

: a sharp-crested ridge in rugged mountains

First Known Use of arête

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arête

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.

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Cite this Entry

“Arête.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ar%C3%AAte. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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