Meaning of DESERT in English


Pronunciation: ' de-z ə rt

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin desertum, from Latin, neuter of desertus, past participle of deserere to desert, from de- + serere to join together ― more at SERIES

Date: 13th century

1 a : arid land with usually sparse vegetation especially : such land having a very warm climate and receiving less than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of sporadic rainfall annually b : an area of water apparently devoid of life

2 archaic : a wild uninhabited and uncultivated tract

3 : a desolate or forbidding area <lost in a desert of doubt>

– de · ser · tic \ de- ' z ə r-tik \ adjective

– des · ert · like \ - ˌ l ī k \ adjective

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