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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.]
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(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]
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(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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References in classic literature ?
Her name is Arete, and she comes of the same family as her husband Alcinous.
Nausithous had two sons Rhexenor and Alcinous; {58} Apollo killed the first of them while he was still a bridegroom and without male issue; but he left a daughter Arete, whom Alcinous married, and honours as no other woman is honoured of all those that keep house along with their husbands.
{61} He went straight through the court, still hidden by the cloak of darkness in which Minerva had enveloped him, till he reached Arete and King Alcinous; then he laid his hands upon the knees of the queen, and at that moment the miraculous darkness fell away from him and he became visible.
"Queen Arete," he exclaimed, "daughter of great Rhexenor, in my distress I humbly pray you, as also your husband and these your guests (whom may heaven prosper with long life and happiness, and may they leave their possessions to their children, and all the honours conferred upon them by the state) to help me home to my own country as soon as possible; for I have been long in trouble and away from my friends."
Then when they had made their drink offerings, and had drunk each as much as he was minded they went home to bed every man in his own abode, leaving Ulysses in the cloister with Arete and Alcinous while the servants were taking the things away after supper.
Then Arete told her maids to set a bed in the room that was in the gatehouse, and make it with good red rugs, and to spread coverlets on the top of them with woollen cloaks for Ulysses to wear.
54: Hesiod regarded Arete as the sister of Alcinous.
31 at Doreen Black Box, Arete, Ateneo de Manila University
The show will then be moved to the third floor of Ateneo Art Gallery in Arete from Aug.
The drill rig has now moved to test the first of these new targets at the Arete prospect.
From the summit, a storm-swept ridge leads down to a high col and then a narrow arete with big drops on each side leads up on to the top of Bidean nam Bian, the highest of the Glen Coe range.
The Sanggunian ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila released a statement Monday demanding an apology from school officials over Irene's presence during the April 7 opening of the campus' Arete Amphitheatre, which the student body said was a "grave insult and vehement mockery to Martial Law survivors and martyrs." In an April 10 memo, AdMU President Jose Ramon Villarin SJ issued an apology, saying Irene's presence, even in a personal capacity, "has cast doubts" on the university's solidarity with the victims of military rule during the Marcos dictatorship.