can·​yon | \ ˈkan-yən How to pronounce canyon (audio) \
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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

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Examples of canyon in a Sentence

as the scouts made their way through the canyon, they marveled at the sheer walls of rock on both sides
Recent Examples on the Web That’s because the canyon has steep sides, with a drop of about 300 feet top to bottom. Carl Nolte,, "A walk in the fog to see San Francisco’s coldest corners," 4 Jan. 2020 National Park Service rangers found O'Connor on the rugged New Hance Trail, one of the most difficult trails on the canyon's South Rim. CBS News, "Texas man missing at Grand Canyon for 11 days found alive," 2 Jan. 2020 Flames and a plume of smoke rose from the canyon crash site. oregonlive, "Federal report details cause of 2017 solar eclipse plane crash near Madras," 30 Dec. 2019 The $187 million state-of-the-art aquatic project allows visitors to stroll through an immersive 250,000-gallon shark canyon, interactive exhibits on river life, and more highly curated experiences showcasing a diverse range of marine life. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why St. Louis Needs to Be Your Next Weekend Getaway," 19 Dec. 2019 Scientists have discovered the world's deepest land canyon thousands of feet below an Antarctic glacier. Fox News, "World's deepest land canyon discovered beneath Antarctic glacier," 13 Dec. 2019 Naturally, the stunning canyon views at the venue were only outdone by the food. Ana Calderone,, "Top Chef Alum Marcel Vigneron Marries Lauren Rae Levy: All the Delicious Wedding Details," 14 Nov. 2019 This is a gorgeous route along high ridges and low canyons, through a series of wilderness forests. Tom Stienstra,, "Sunday Getaway: Purisima Creek Redwoods," 15 Dec. 2019 The natural setting is breathtaking, with a serpentine road leading up a canyon, past a waterfall and then a small shrine. Chiara Goia, National Geographic, "Discover why this stunning region is Spain’s best-kept secret," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of canyon

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for canyon

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

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The first known use of canyon was in 1834

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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Canyon.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of canyon

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


can·​yon | \ ˈkan-yən \

Kids Definition of canyon

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

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