butte

noun
\ˈbyüt \

Definition of butte 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an isolated hill or mountain with steep or precipitous sides usually having a smaller summit area than a mesa

Butte

geographical name
\ˈbyüt \

Definition of Butte (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southwestern Montana on a plateau in the Rockies population 32,996

Examples of butte in a Sentence

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On the second half of the hike, the pastures widen to expose lovely views of mountaintops above and towns, buttes and hills far below. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 Explore the 1,100 piney acres of Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area and Nature Center, spread across a rocky escarpment within a region of rising canyons and forested buttes. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018," 5 June 2018 The couple pursued the property with the idea of preserving the expanse of native Palouse prairie that wraps around three sides of the butte and abuts Washington State Parks land. Eric Barker, The Seattle Times, "Couples win bid for chunk of the Palouse," 10 June 2018 In northwestern New Mexico, the milder weather conditions Wednesday should be useful for firefighters who were hindered by strong winds a day earlier but managed to keep wildfires largely in check on a mountain and a butte near Grants. Washington Post, "Winds ease but deadly wildfires endure in Southwest US," 18 Apr. 2018 Low-angle autumn light glanced off buttes alongside Route 2. Porter Fox, Outside Online, "Exploring America's Forgotten Border," 1 June 2018 Sedona, gateway to Arizona’s red rock country 90 minutes drive north of Phoenix, attracts hikers eager to scale its striated buttes and New Age pilgrims seeking the fabled vortexes — or energy centers — said to be squired in the rocks. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Sedona for Serenity, Spas and Now Syrahs," 18 Apr. 2018 The great Navajo leaders K’aayélii and Manuelito were born near the Bears Ears buttes. Abe Streep, Outside Online, "The Tribes v. Donald Trump," 1 May 2018 The site is named for a local legend of an American Indian tribe that died of starvation atop a 125-foot sandstone butte while under siege from other tribe. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Built by the CCC, lodges in Illinois parks continue to serve as cozy getaways," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of butte

Noun

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for butte

Noun

French, knoll, from Middle French bute

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butte

noun

English Language Learners Definition of butte

: a type of hill with a flat top and steep sides that is found in the southwestern U.S.

butte

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Kids Definition of butte

: an isolated hill with steep sides

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