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 trail levels out, then curves around the backside of the butte and returns to the trailhead. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "The best Sedona hikes you haven't heard of: 5 less crowded, super scenic trails," 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, "Visiting Grand Canyon North Rim: Complete guide to what's open, closed and delayed in 2020," 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, "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

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First Known Use of butte

Noun

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for butte

Noun

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 14 May. 2021.

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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

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