[ ar-is ]

  1. a sharp ridge, as between adjoining channels of a Doric column.

  2. the line, ridge, or hip formed by the meeting of two surfaces at an exterior angle.

Origin of arris

1670–80; <Middle French areste;see arête

Words Nearby arris Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use arris in a sentence

  • A curved furrow, immediately adjoining its repetition, and separated from it only by an arris, as in the Doric column.

    History of Ancient Art | Franz von Reber
  • It differs from a bevel in that a bevel inclines all the way to the next arris, while a chamfer makes a new arris, Fig. 271.

    Handwork in Wood | William Noyes
  • Old 'arris is either dead and buried, or gorn away, or somethin'.

    The Lord of the Sea | M. P. Shiel
  • She would come to the front of the stage and say confidentially to the audience, "Do you know Lizzie 'arris?"

  • Even then the lower arris (corner) is likely to be splintered off.

    Handwork in Wood | William Noyes

British Dictionary definitions for arris


/ (ˈærɪs) /

nounplural -ris or -rises
  1. a sharp edge at the meeting of two surfaces at an angle with one another, as at two adjacent sides of a stone block

Origin of arris

C17: apparently from Old French areste beard of grain, sharp ridge; see arête

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