sierra

noun si·er·ra \ sē-ˈer-ə \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of sierra

1 a : a range of mountains especially with a serrated or irregular outline
b : the country about a sierra
2 : any of several large scombroid fishes (genus Scomberomorus) related to the mackerel

Examples of sierra in a Sentence

  1. The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in California.

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Origin and Etymology of sierra

Spanish, literally, saw, from Latin serra


Sierra

communications code word

Definition of Sierra

used as a code word for the letter s

First Known Use of sierra

1952

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SIERRA Defined for English Language Learners

sierra

noun

Definition of sierra for English Language Learners

  • : a range of mountains with sharply pointed peaks

  • : a mountain in a sierra


SIERRA Defined for Kids

sierra

noun si·er·ra \ sē-ˈer-ə \

Definition of sierra for Students

: a range of mountains especially with jagged peaks

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