foot·​hill | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌhil How to pronounce foothill (audio) \

Definition of foothill

1 : a hill at the foot of higher hills
2 foothills plural : a hilly region at the base of a mountain range

Examples of foothill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Acharya got the idea for a series based around a policewoman when on vacation in the Himalayan foothill state of Himachal Pradesh. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 24 Dec. 2021 Racist residents repeatedly threatened the lives of Sidney and Irene Dearing when the couple moved to the exclusive foothill enclave in 1924. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 June 2021 Stratton's wife is among the 149 people still unaccounted for as rescuers comb through the foothill of rubble that once composed dozens of apartments. Eliott C. Mclaughlin And Rebekah Riess, CNN, 30 June 2021 The country was poised at the foothill of a record spike in infections and deaths. USA Today, 30 Oct. 2020 More than 90,000 people have fled their homes in the dry foothill communities of eastern Orange County ahead of fires driven by fierce, warm winds and fed by thick brush. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2020 Choglamsar is a cluster of one-story mud brick houses, with a monastery atop its foothill. Fahad Shah, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Sep. 2020 The rendezvous was a beautiful piece of land with lush grasses, a small stream, and a forested foothill in the background. Popular Science, 15 Sep. 2020 Residents of foothill communities east of Los Angeles were being told to stay alert because of a fire in the Angeles National Forest. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of foothill

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of foothill was in 1788

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29 Dec 2021

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“Foothill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of foothill

: a hill next to a higher mountain or group of mountains


foot·​hill | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌhil How to pronounce foothill (audio) \

Kids Definition of foothill

: a hill at the bottom of higher hills

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