cliff

noun \ ˈklif \
Updated on: 17 Dec 2017

Definition of cliff

: a very steep, vertical, or overhanging face of rock, earth, or ice : precipice

cliffy

play \ˈkli-fē\ adjective

Examples of cliff in a Sentence

  1. Standing at the edge of the cliff, we watched the waves crash on the shore far below.

  2. rock climbers scaling steep cliffs

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Origin and Etymology of cliff

Middle English clif, from Old English; akin to Old High German klep cliff, Old Norse klif


CLIFF Defined for English Language Learners

cliff

noun

Definition of cliff for English Language Learners

  • : a high, steep surface of rock, earth, or ice


CLIFF Defined for Kids

cliff

noun \ ˈklif \

Definition of cliff for Students

: a high steep surface of rock


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