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 The scenic space takes in views of the city, canyon and fairways of the Bel-Air Country Club golf course. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 There's also Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the second-largest canyon in the U.S., and Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum, dedicated to the history of the great American RV trip. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 14 Apr. 2022 The backyard is one of the highlights of the property, with views of both the city and canyon. Hannah Chubb,, 8 Feb. 2022 Unmatched canyon and city views are found throughout. Ellen Paris, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Typical alternate routes include OR 22 through the Santiam canyon and OR 126 from Eugene. oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2021 Drivers should use caution and be prepared for chain restrictions on canyon and mountain routes. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Mar. 2021 For the best views, take the South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point for a stunning 360-degree overlook of the canyon and the cosmos. Erin Berger, Outside Online, 28 May 2013 The search and rescue team moved Brewer’s body from the location in which he was found to the Clavey Bridge, and then from the canyon below the bridge up to the roadway, using a system of ropes and pulleys. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 June 2022 See More

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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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18 Jun 2022

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“Canyon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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