cues·​ta ˈkwe-stə How to pronounce cuesta (audio)
: a hill or ridge with a steep face on one side and a gentle slope on the other

Word History


Spanish, from Latin costa side, rib — more at coast

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cuesta was in 1818

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“Cuesta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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