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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [see-er-uh]
    • /siˈɛr ə/
    • /siˈeə.rə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [see-er-uh]
    • /siˈɛr ə/

Definitions of sierra word

  • noun sierra a chain of hills or mountains, the peaks of which suggest the teeth of a saw. 1
  • noun sierra any of several Spanish mackerels of the genus Scomberomorus, especially S. sierra, found in western North America. 1
  • noun sierra a word used in communications to represent the letter S. 1
  • noun sierra mountain range 1
  • noun Technical meaning of sierra (company, games)   (Or "Sierra On-Line") A computer game developer founded in the early 1980s by Ken and Roberta Willams in the small mountain town of Oakhurst California. Sierra was named after the local mountian range, 15 miles from the famous Yosemite National Park. In 1997 Sierra was purchased by CUC and its main office is now in Seattle, WA, USA. Products include Kings Quest, Space Quest, Police Quest, Quest for Glory, Robin Hood, Phantasmagoria, Leisure Suit Larry, Eco Quest and many more. 1
  • countable noun sierra A sierra is a range of mountains with jagged peaks. 0

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Origin of sierra

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
1590-1600; < Spanish: literally, saw < Latin serra

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Parts of speech for Sierra


sierra popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for sierra

noun sierra

  • andes — a major mountain system of South America, extending for about 7250 km (4500 miles) along the entire W coast, with several parallel ranges or cordilleras and many volcanic peaks: rich in minerals, including gold, silver, copper, iron ore, and nitrates. Average height: 3900 m (13 000 ft). Highest peak: Aconcagua, 6960 m (22 835 ft)
  • butte — an isolated steep-sided flat-topped hill
  • cordillera — a series of parallel ranges of mountains, esp in the northwestern US
  • cordilleras — mountain system of W North America, including all mountains between the E Rockies & the Pacific coast
  • crag — A crag is a steep rocky cliff or part of a mountain.

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