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

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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

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Strikes are most common on the canyon rims (and more likely the South Rim), not in the depths of the park. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Grand Canyon gets the most lightning strikes among popular parks," 6 July 2018 The busy exceptions are a network of medieval towns crowned by 12th-century Moorish castles, set on the banks of the Júcar River, which carved wondrous canyons through limestone hills. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "The Grape From Manchuela," 21 June 2018 Lawyer received his first dose of local attention after The Sacramento Bee published a story on Feb. 7 about family members of a woman found dead in an Auburn-area canyon. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Judge to decide if Colorado rapist who moved to Carmichael violated parole," 31 May 2018 Beyond Bagua, the road starts to climb through mountain ravines and canyons, gaining 7,660 feet in a couple of hours, to the saddle ridges of the Chachapoyan highlands. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 5 Days in Northern Peru," 2 May 2018 The best-case scenario is that the city allows developers to fight it out in the canyon. David Hansen,, "Laguna Beach tries to map out its cultural mojo," 10 July 2018 Her main character Jen (Matilda Lutz) is the young mistress of the wealthy — and very married — Richard (Kevin Janssens) on holiday in a desert canyon only accessible via helicopter. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Why 'Revenge' is the blood-drenched female-empowerment thriller for the Time's Up era," 8 May 2018 The conservation area has prime nesting habitat for the birds in a deep canyon formed by the Snake River. Keith Ridler, idahostatesman, "High-voltage power lines will pass near Idaho bird sanctuary | Idaho Statesman," 18 Apr. 2018 Miners used this treacherous trail back in the day to access copper mines in the canyon. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "An Insiders’ Guide to the National Parks," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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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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