Meaning of sierra in English:


Pronunciation /sɪˈɛrə/ /sɪˈɛːrə/


  • 1(especially in Spanish-speaking countries or the western US) a long jagged mountain chain.

    • ‘In the far north-west, the splinter-like peninsula of Lower California, with its high sierras, is a southward extension of the Sierra Nevada.’
    • ‘It was treated to a carefully controlled, often intimate account that explored the foothills as thoroughly as the high sierras.’
    • ‘This meant that Sonoran rivers, which originate in the eastern sierras, had to be diverted.’
    • ‘Between these sierras isolated basins and plains are crossed by seasonal rivers that flow only after it rains.’
    • ‘Organisers have dropped last year's compact set-up in favour of a return to its traditional format of visiting the three valleys in the sierras of Cordoba, each offering stages of differing character and landscape.’
    • ‘High on the dusty, sun-baked sierras Pedro's whistle barrelled and echoed off the forest-covered hillside.’
    • ‘Spend a week on horseback in the sierras of southern Spain, riding across open country and through forests, and overnighting at small country hotels.’
    • ‘In 1942 she left her career, her house and her lovers, and took refuge - forever, it was said - in a convent deep in the sierras of Córdoba province, some 500 miles north-west of Buenos Aires.’
    • ‘Last week, on Wednesday, April 28, researcher Hector Picco remarked that he had seen a small white light coming from the sierras and vanishing into the rocky floor of an empty piece of property adjacent to his home.’
    • ‘Riding in the fume-filled haze back across the high sierras to Palma, I reflected that Errol really had struck gold when he made Majorca his second home 50 years ago.’
    • ‘On a long straight road, with the high sierras in the distance, the Drive-Thrus with their neon signs were the only way of judging that you were actually moving forwards.’
    • ‘Ecuador has three broad geographic areas: the coast, the sierra, and the jungle lowlands.’
    • ‘This picturesque land is divided into three main geographic regions: the costa, along the South Pacific; the sierra, or highlands of the Andes mountains; and the selva, or jungle, in the east.’
    • ‘After a few small, technical climbs, I lit out through the hills, following the scree-filled trail through the sierra.’
    • ‘Coming together in a pioneer Indian organization acronymed UZACHI, the Zapotecs and Chinantecos of Calpulapan, a tiny municipality high in the sierra, successfully fended off the loggers and saved their forests.’
    • ‘Handicrafts in the high sierra around Creel are more rustic.’
    • ‘The northern skyline is dominated by the sierra of the northern Pennines.’
    • ‘The upland plateau known as the sierra represents about one-fourth of Peru's land and holds a majority of the country's population.’
    • ‘Now home to 300,000 people, it lies in the heart of the southern sierra and the Inca's four-coloured flag - representing the four corners of the empire - still flies in the attractive town square, the Plaza de Armas.’
    • ‘However, in traditional Indian communities in the sierra, the first language is Quichua, although they may also speak Spanish.’
    mountain, hill, height, alp, aiguille, serac, puy, crag, tor, inselberg
  • 2A code word representing the letter S, used in radio communication.

    ‘In the phonetic alphabet, my initials are Sierra Echo (first and middle name), what is yours?’


Mid 16th century Spanish, from Latin serra ‘saw’.



/sɪˈɛrə/ /sɪˈɛːrə/