- a chain of hills or mountains, the peaks of which suggest the teeth of a saw.
- any of several Spanish mackerels of the genus Scomberomorus, especially S. sierra, found in western North America.
- a word used in communications to represent the letter S.
Origin of sierra
Related Words for sierraridge, elevation, pile, peak, bluff, cliff, sierra, volcano, pyramid, height, eminence, alp, hump, precipice, glob, drift, dome, heap, mesa, stack
Examples from the Web for sierra
Contemporary Examples of sierra
Father José Julián was shot and wounded driving in a car through the sierra of Ajuchitán.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
People on the streets of Havana cheered and celebrated the return of fighters from the Sierra Maestra.Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist
December 19, 2014
Chernon Bah, co-founder of A World at School, was alarmed by what she witnessed recently in Sierra Leone.
In Liberia, the number is just over 54 percent—Sierra Leone, 67 percent.
And now, Sierra Leoneans will face jail time if caught burying Ebola victims.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families
December 10, 2014
Historical Examples of sierra
In the meantime the newspapers were read at Sierra Vista, not so much with interest as with anxiety.
And outside he went, like a king, with all Sierra Vista about him and tending on him.
Sierra Vista was a far vaster affair than the tepee of Grey Beaver.
The troops returned to Sierra Leone on the 24th of December.The History of the First West India Regiment
A. B. Ellis
Behind them and off to the right was the gray rampart of the Sierra.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
- a range of mountains with jagged peaks, esp in Spain or America
Word Origin for sierra
- communications a code word for the letter s
"a range of hills," 1610s, from Spanish sierra "jagged mountain range," literally "saw," from Latin serra "a saw" (cf. serrated), which is of unknown origin.
- A high, rugged range of mountains having an irregular outline somewhat like the teeth of a saw.