noun can·yon \ˈkan-yən\

: a deep valley with steep rock sides and often a stream or river flowing through it

Full Definition of CANYON

:  a deep narrow valley with steep sides and often with a stream flowing through it
:  something resembling a canyon <the city's concrete canyons>

Variants of CANYON

can·yon also ca·ñon \ˈkan-yən\

Examples of CANYON

  1. <as the scouts made their way through the canyon, they marveled at the sheer walls of rock on both sides>

Origin of CANYON

American Spanish cañón, probably alteration of obsolete Spanish callón, augmentative of calle street, from Latin callis footpath
First Known Use: 1834

Related to CANYON

col, couloir, defile, flume, gap, gill [British], gorge, gulch, gulf, kloof [South African], linn [chiefly Scottish], notch, pass, ravine, saddle

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

Rhymes with CANYON

CANYON Defined for Kids


noun can·yon \ˈkan-yən\

Definition of CANYON for Kids

:  a deep valley with steep sides and often a stream flowing through it
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