chair·​lift | \ ˈcher-ˌlift How to pronounce chairlift (audio) \

Definition of chairlift

: a motor-driven conveyor consisting of a series of seats suspended from a cable and used for transporting skiers or sightseers up or down a long slope or mountainside

Examples of chairlift in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chairlift rose up and over the trails and ravines, everything covered in snow. Ian Frisch, Town & Country, "The Gap Year Is an Increasingly Attractive Option," 23 Feb. 2021 This is especially true on the ski slopes: Because of social-distancing requirements, most resorts are limiting the number of people from separate households on a chairlift at a time, which has sometimes produced long lines at the base. New York Times, "6 Tips to Make Your Winter Escape a Success," 19 Feb. 2021 Skiers are also riding up two or three to a six-passenger chairlift, and if a skier wants to ride alone on the six-seater that is fine, too. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Here's what to expect at Tahoe this weekend: Long lift lines," 11 Feb. 2021 Freshly groomed corduroy will still beckon you from the chairlift. oregonlive, "COVID-19 will change Oregon’s ski season; here’s how," 19 Nov. 2020 The top of its Sugar Pine chairlift is about 7,800 feet. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "New snow and high winds reach SoCal mountains and more is coming," 20 Jan. 2021 When the pandemic first hit California last spring, ski resorts across the Sierra shut down, fearing that crowds of out-of-towners comingling in packed lodges and chairlift lines could worsen the outbreak. Gregory Thomas,, "How to plan a safe and successful ski trip to Tahoe during the pandemic," 15 Jan. 2021 The area includes seven runs, a chairlift, six rope tows and a tubing hill. Annie Alleman,, "Suburbs can accommodate your wish to ski, snowboard," 23 Dec. 2020 Another change to the 2020-21 season is that masks are now mandatory when waiting in lift lines, while riding the chairlift or tram and in all other public places. Loren Holmes, Anchorage Daily News, "Alyeska Resort opens for the season with a 100-inch base and new pandemic guidelines," 19 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of chairlift

1940, in the meaning defined above

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27 Feb 2021

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“Chairlift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chairlift

: a series of seats that hang from a moving cable and that carry people (such as skiers) up and down a mountain

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