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.

Nearby words

  1. sienkiewicz,
  2. sienkiewicz, henryk,
  3. sienna,
  4. siepi,
  5. sierozem,
  6. sierra blanca peak,
  7. sierra leone,
  8. sierra leonean,
  9. sierra lily,
  10. sierra madre

Origin of sierra

1590–1600; < Spanish: literally, saw < Latin serra Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sierra



a range of mountains with jagged peaks, esp in Spain or America
Derived Formssierran, adjective

Word Origin for sierra

C17: from Spanish, literally: saw, from Latin serra; see serrate



communications a code word for the letter s
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Word Origin and History for sierra



"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.

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Science definitions for sierra



A high, rugged range of mountains having an irregular outline somewhat like the teeth of a saw.
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