Definition of cuesta in English:



  • A ridge with a gentle slope (dip) on one side and a steep slope (scarp) on the other.

    • ‘The Poison Strip Sandstone begins with this sandstone unit and contains other prominent cliff-forming, coarse-grained to conglomeratic sandstone units that cap many cuestas in the area.’
    • ‘Going down the first few ‘cuestas’ was nerve-wracking because often we were much faster than any car or motorcycle.’
    • ‘These form light coloured, erosionally resistant cuestas including Jabal Kawr and several smaller mountains south of Al Hamra.’
    • ‘Observation of these remnants, and early enthusiasm for erosion surfaces, probably caused many phantom surfaces to be reported, although bevelled cuestas are real.’


Early 19th century (originally a US term for a steep slope at the edge of a plain): from Spanish, slope from Latin costa rib, flank.