- Excellence of character; virtue.
- Superior ability or skill; prowess.
A sharp, narrow ridge or crest of a mountain, formed by glacial erosion.
A sharp, narrow mountain ridge or spur.
Alternative spelling of arête.
A sharp, narrow ridge or spur commonly found above the snow line in mountainous areas that have been sculpted by glaciers. Arêtes form as the result of the continued backward erosion of adjoining cirques.
Origin of arete
- French from Old French areste fishbone, spine from Late Latin arista awn, fishbone from Latin awn
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Variant of arête, which is from French.
- From Ancient Greek ἀρετή (aretē).