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Hi·​ma·​la·​yan ˌhi-mə-ˈlā-ən How to pronounce Himalayan (audio)
-ˈmä-lē-ən How to pronounce Himalayan (audio)
: of, relating to, or resembling the Himalayas
: enormously large : mountainous
a task of Himalayan proportions


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: any of a breed of domestic cats developed by crossing the Persian and the Siamese and having the stocky build and long thick coat of the former and the blue eyes and coat patterns of the latter

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Examples of Himalayan in a Sentence

Adjective as military blunders go, the disastrous Pickett's Charge was of Himalayan proportions
Recent Examples on the Web
Just a minute drive away from the KinetiK restaurants, at 2321 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., plans for a Nepalese and Indian restaurant, Himalayan Yak, are underway. Jessica Rodriguez, Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2024 Tom Hiddleston and Willem Dafoe are two of the most generous and talented actors in the business, so pairing them with our brilliant Himalayan cast is going to be electric. Alex Ritman, Variety, 9 May 2024 Cardi, wearing a blue gingham button-down and pleated plaid miniskirt, made sure to keep the starring accessory, her Himalayan Birkin bag, front and center as she and her on-again, off-again hubby were escorted to their seats. Sam Reed, Glamour, 3 May 2024 The hotel also has another accolade: the spa has the only Himalayan Salt Therapy Room in DC and the surrounding areas. Allyson Portee, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Apr. 2024 That’s a steep demand, but Gandhi’s priorities are altogether more Himalayan. Samanth Subramanian Vikas Adam Tanya Pérez Zachary Mouton, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2024 As the sun begins to set over the Himalayan peaks in the distance, Avinash Yadav sits cross-legged in a makeshift outdoor kitchen, crushing stark green leaves in his palm. Arbab Ali & Nadeem Sarwar, Saveur, 18 Apr. 2024 With travel stories of cherry blossoms in Berlin and tea plants in the Himalayan foothills from author Jessica J. Lee. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Apr. 2024 Autumn Schrader, 5, triumphantly carried her bright white cat named Super Nova, an 11-month-old Himalayan Persian, nearly the size of Autumn and dressed as a bunny rabbit, through the crowd after receiving the first-place ribbon. Nhat V. Meyer, The Mercury News, 10 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Himalayan was in 1835

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“Himalayan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Himalayan. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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Hi·​ma·​la·​yan ˌhim-ə-ˈlā-ən How to pronounce Himalayan (audio) him-ˈäl-(ə-)yən How to pronounce Himalayan (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of the Himalaya Mountains


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: any of a breed of stocky blue-eyed domestic cats that have a long thick coat and a pale body with darker ears, paws, tail, and face

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