butte

noun
\ 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

Butte

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

The canyon walls rising on either side pale in comparison to the network of towers and buttes that reveal themselves downriver, where the river cuts further into the landscape. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Lees Ferry: Gateway to Grand Canyon rafting and the Colorado River," 9 July 2018 Over the last few days, Reese Witherspoon has been posting gorgeous Instagrams of red-rock buttes and bright blue skies while on a girls trip in Sedona, Arizona. Vogue, "Reese Witherspoon Chose This Arizona Town for an Outdoorsy Girls Trip," 11 Oct. 2018 Nebraska’s topography isn’t all flat like a pancake but surprisingly diverse, from bluffs and buttes jutting out of the Plains to rolling hills. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Prongs of lightning sizzle in Nebraska’s summer sky," 15 June 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'butte.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of butte

Noun

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for butte

Noun

French, knoll, from Middle French bute

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about butte

Dictionary Entries near butte

butt chain

butt chisel

butt cut

butte

Butte

butt end

butter

Statistics for butte

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for butte

The first known use of butte was in 1805

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for butte

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

noun
\ ˈbyüt How to pronounce butte (audio) \

Kids Definition of butte

: an isolated hill with steep sides

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on butte

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with butte

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for butte

Spanish Central: Translation of butte

Nglish: Translation of butte for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about butte

Comments on butte

What made you want to look up butte? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the way words of a language are spelled

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!