\ ˈbyüt How to pronounce butte (audio) \

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


geographical name
\ ˈbyüt How to pronounce Butte (audio) \

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This beautiful Roman Catholic church is perched on the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 2 July 2021 The trail levels out, then curves around the backside of the butte and returns to the trailhead. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 5 Mar. 2021 Elsewhere, familiar landmarks stand in unfamiliar directions — the distinctive peak of Zoroaster Temple looms in the southwest, while the massive butte of Wotan's Throne is seen in the south-southeast. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, 11 June 2020 Digging into a towering stack of pancakes at Casa Sedona Inn is the perfect way to load up on carbs before traversing the red-rock buttes on foot. Macy Sirmans, Travel + Leisure, 19 May 2020 The star was erected in the 1930s and the Wise Men were placed on the butte in 1942, Kris Baxter-Ging, a city spokeswoman, said. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, 21 Dec. 2019 Old said most people who visit the butte simply drive to the top for the expansive views. Eric Barker, The Seattle Times, 10 June 2018 In a nut shell, solitary mountains and ridges (a chain of mountains with an elevated crest) can block most weather, while smaller high land forms (like hills, dunes, buttes, cliffs and similar forms) can provide lesser relief from storm winds. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 16 Jan. 2020 The buttes and columns glow seemingly from inside, throwing shadows that crease the landscape in a complex geometry. Scott Craven, azcentral, 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of butte


1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for butte


French, knoll, from Middle French bute

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“Butte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butte. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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.


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Kids Definition of butte

: an isolated hill with steep sides

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