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A sharp, narrow mountain ridge or spur.

[French, from Old French areste, fishbone, spine, from Late Latin arista, awn, fishbone, from Latin, awn.]


(əˈreɪt; əˈrɛt)
1. (Physical Geography) a sharp ridge separating two cirques or glacial valleys in mountainous regions
[C19: from French: fishbone, backbone (of a fish), ridge, sharp edge, from Latin arista ear of corn, fishbone]


(ˌɑr ɪˈteɪ)

the aggregate of qualities making up good character.
[1930–35; < Greek aretḗ]



a sharp rugged mountain ridge produced by glaciation.
[1860–65; < French; Old French areste sharp ridge < Latin arista awn, ear of wheat]
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Noun1.arête - a sharp narrow ridge found in rugged mountainsarete - a sharp narrow ridge found in rugged mountains
ridgeline, ridge - a long narrow range of hills
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72) In an exceptional scene at the end of Book Two, Pan's aretai are manifest through an entire night and into the following day: he causes great commotion for the Methymnaean soldiers (Longus 2,25,3-26), and his instrument, the syrinx, rings out (Longus 2,26,3).
Mohammed-Ali Ibrahim on his part indicated that their produce is provided to the Aretai semi-urban center with fair prices and that they are encouraged by the outcome.
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