Definition of etrier in US English:

etrier

noun

Climbing
  • A short rope ladder with a few rungs of wood or metal.

    • ‘We'd a tiny hammer for setting stud bolts, a drill and massive battery brought in with considerable effort, and a set of etriers.’
    • ‘Thanks to some well-rigged safety lines and etriers, and some coaching from my teammates, I was able to negotiate the series without problem and reach the rope for the thirty-foot climb up into the Bratwurst Passage.’

Origin

1950s: from French étrier ‘stirrup’.

Pronunciation

etrier

/ˌātrēˈā/