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 In February 2020, the canyon had a 52-hour interlodge, the longest in recent memory. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "The Ups and Downs of My Interlodge Ski Saga," 27 Feb. 2021 In Northern Arizona within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation rises awesome Antelope Canyon — a slot canyon in which spiral rock arches and curves into extraordinary shapes. Laura Manske, Forbes, "Feast Your Eyes On 17 Of The World’s Most Spectacularly Colorful Places," 25 Feb. 2021 Many of these emergencies begin with heat exhaustion from the infernoesque temperatures at the bottom of the canyon, which can reach as high as 150 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer. Washington Post, "Danger lurks in national parks, but not necessarily where you expect it," 25 Feb. 2021 San Pablo Reservoir is located in a canyon near El Sobrante, south of I-80 at San Pablo and north of Orinda from Highway 24. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Let's go fishing - everything you need to know about visiting San Pablo Reservoir," 18 Feb. 2021 An experienced climber who was descending a canyon in Death Valley plunged to his death over the weekend when he was caught in a rockslide, authorities said. CBS News, "Climber plunges to death after being caught in Death Valley rockslide," 2 Feb. 2021 With its dappled canyon light, vintage clawfoot bathtub, wind chimes, and herb garden, her space is the stuff of serene Instagram dreams—and something not far out of reach for the rest of us. Sunset Magazine, "How to DIY Your Own Backyard Spa," 20 Jan. 2021 With support from the White House and Arizona's senators, both of whom have publicly opposed mining by the canyon, Reimondo believes the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act has a much better chance of passing., "Public lands activists hope Biden will permanently halt Grand Canyon uranium mines, restore monuments," 18 Jan. 2021 New photos reveal a massive canyon on Mars, the largest in the solar system, NASA says. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Winner takes all," 5 Jan. 2021

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Canyon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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