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sierra

[ see-er-uh ] [ siˈɛr ə ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling

noun

a chain of hills or mountains, the peaks of which suggest the teeth of a saw.

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  • First used between 1590–1600.
  • From Spanish: literally, “saw” from the Latin serra
  • Compare with serrate.

EXAMPLES OF SIERRA

  • The winding road through the sierra offered breathtaking views at every turn.
  • Adventurers flock to the sierra for its challenging trails and scenic vistas.
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venerable

[ ven-er-uh-buhl ] [ ˈvɛn ər ə bəl ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling

adjective

commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity.

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  • First used in Middle English between 1400–50.
  • From the Latin venerābilis, equivalent to venerā(), “to venerate, worship” + -bilis, “-ble,” an adjective-forming suffix.

EXAMPLES OF VENERABLE

  • They visited the venerable ruins, awed by their historical significance.
  • She was a venerable figure, known for her extensive knowledge and wise counsel.
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facetious

[ fuh-see-shuhs ] [ fəˈsi ʃəs ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling

adjective

not meant to be taken seriously or literally.

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  • First recorded in 1585–95.
  • From Middle French facecieux, from facetie, “a jest,” from Latin facētia, “a jest, witticism” (see facetiae + -ious)

EXAMPLES OF FACETIOUS

  • She made a facetious comment about moving to Mars to escape the traffic.
  • The author’s facetious tone made the article entertaining despite the serious topic.
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