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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
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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 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, "Everything You Need to See, Do, and Eat on an Arizona Road Trip," 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, "3 Wise Men won't go up on 'A' Mountain in Tempe this year. Here's why," 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, "Couples win bid for chunk of the Palouse," 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, "9 Natural Shelters that will Save Your 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, "Here are 10 of Arizona's most photogenic spots. Some of them might surprise you," 26 July 2019 In 1999, a fire slipped over that same ridge and burned the butte for days. Tessa Love, Longreads, "California Burning," 8 Nov. 2019 Tour operator Papillon offers trips from Page that soar over the lake before landing atop the butte with its 360-degree views. Jay Jones, Los Angeles Times, "Have Lake Powell all to yourself on an off-season weekend trip," 5 Sep. 2019 What's coming next at Scottsdale Entrada Alley said the view from the corner of the plaza, which looks out over the iconic buttes of Papago Park, is coveted real estate and should remain accessible to the public. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Historic Scottsdale plaza, an entryway from Phoenix, in redevelopment talks," 23 June 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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The first known use of butte was in 1805

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“Butte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butte. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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