\ 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


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\ 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

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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

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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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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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