- The definition of a precipice is the edge of a steep cliff.
An example of a precipice is the edge of a cliff.
- a vertical, almost vertical, or overhanging rock face; steep cliff
- a greatly hazardous situation, verging on disaster
Origin of precipiceFrench précipice ; from Classical Latin praecipitium ; from praeceps, headlong ; from prae-, before (see pre-) + caput, head (see chief)
- An overhanging or extremely steep mass of rock, such as a crag or the face of a cliff.
- The brink of a dangerous or disastrous situation: on the precipice of defeat.
Origin of precipiceFrench précipice, from Latin praecipitium, from praeceps, praecipit-, headlong; see precipitate.
First attested in 1598, from Latin *praecipitium (“a steep place”), from praeceps (“steep”), from prae + caput (“head”). First meaning of the noun is recorded from 1632.