Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: précipice


Alternative forms[edit]


First attested in 1598, from Middle French précipice, from Latin *praecipitium ‎(a steep place), from praeceps ‎(steep), from prae + caput ‎(head). First meaning of the noun is recorded from 1632.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈprɛsɪpɪs/
  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛs.ə.pɪs/
  • Hyphenation: preci‧pice


precipice ‎(plural precipices)

  1. A very steep cliff.
    • 1719- Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      I resolved to remove my tent from the place where it stood, which was just under the hanging precipice of the hill; and which, if it should be shaken again, would certainly fall upon my tent...
  2. The brink of a dangerous situation.
    to stand on a precipice
  3. (obsolete) A headlong fall or descent.


Related terms[edit]


The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.

Middle French[edit]


precipice m (plural precipices)

  1. precipice (steep cliff)