canyon

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noun can·yon \ ˈkan-yən \
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Definition of canyon

1 :a deep narrow valley with steep sides and often with a stream flowing through it
2 :something resembling a canyon
  • the city's concrete canyons

Examples of canyon in a Sentence

  1. as the scouts made their way through the canyon, they marveled at the sheer walls of rock on both sides

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Origin and Etymology of canyon

American Spanish cañón, probably alteration of obsolete Spanish callón, augmentative of calle street, from Latin callis footpath

canyon Synonyms

Synonyms
col, couloir, defile, flume, gap, gill [British], gorge, gulch, gulf, kloof [South African], linn [chiefly Scottish], notch, pass, ravine, saddle
Related Words
abyss, chasm, cirque, cleft, crevasse, crevice, cwm [chiefly British], fissure; combe (also coombe or coomb) [British], dale, dell, glen, hollow, shut-in, vale, valley; basin, floodplain, kettle; arroyo, barranca (also barranco), coulee, draw, gully (also gulley), gutter, nullah, trench, trough, wadi, wash [West]

CANYON Defined for English Language Learners

canyon

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Definition of canyon for English Language Learners

  • : a deep valley with steep rock sides and often a stream or river flowing through it


CANYON Defined for Kids

canyon

noun can·yon \ ˈkan-yən \

Definition of canyon for Students

:a deep valley with steep sides and often a stream flowing through it


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