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Definition of butte

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

Examples of butte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spread out on a high butte of its own in Jackson Hole, Spring Creek Ranch is just a stone's throw from Grand Teton National Park and a short drive from Yellowstone. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 Often Washburn was dropped off on top of a pinnacle or small butte along with surveying equipment, such as a state-of-the-art laser range-finder device still under development, on loan from the company that made it. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, 26 Feb. 2019 Plan a trip for mid-July to catch the Oregon Trail Days Festival, and don’t forget to make a stop at Scotts Bluff National Monument, an 800-foot-tall butte that towers over a grassy landscape. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 26 Aug. 2021 The restaurant scene up on the butte, as it's known amongst locals, has developed over the years. Sara Lieberman, Travel + Leisure, 26 Nov. 2021 On Native land Following a series of accidents on the Shiprock butte near Four Corners in the 1970s, the nearby Navajo Nation banned climbing. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Dec. 2021 The fox apparently has a den in a butte near the stadium and comes over all the time to snack. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 8 Nov. 2021 Spend the night at the Amangani resort, tucked into the side of a butte about 800 feet above the valley floor, or a room at the new Cloudveil, where the check-in desk is made from a 3,000-pound piece of granite to match the Tetons. Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2021 This beautiful Roman Catholic church is perched on the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 2 July 2021 See More

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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 2 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition of butte

: an isolated hill with steep sides

Butte geographical name

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Definition of Butte

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

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