Definition of arête in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈrɛt
, əˈreɪt


A sharp mountain ridge.
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  • I came of age on John Muir's trail, climbing sharp arêtes, domed cliffs and the U-shaped valleys between.
  • Mature alpine landscapes exhibit many of the ‘classic’ features of glaciation, including troughs, hanging valleys, truncated spurs, and narrow arêtes rising to narrow rock peaks.
  • The first is a rope climb down into a pool which culminates in a nasty little overhang; this is followed immediately by a superbly rigged rope-climb down an arête; and the third is a three metre climb.


early 19th century: from French, from Latin arista 'ear of corn, fish bone, spine'.

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