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

Definition of arête

: a sharp-crested ridge in rugged mountains

Examples of arête in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The harder test piece, the Sword of Damocles, follows a sloping right arete (corner) and requires a huge jump to the top lip. Brian E. Clark, Los Angeles Times, "Ready to go beyond your climbing gym? Meet Southern California’s rock stars," 12 Oct. 2019 Teaching their students rhetoric and philosophy, Sophists infused the traditional values of arete with a new spirit of intellectual inquiry. Raquel López, National Geographic, "Did sons and daughters get the same education in ancient Greece?," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of arête

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arête

French, literally, fish bone, from Late Latin arista, from Latin, beard of grain

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“Arête.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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