foot·​hill | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌhil \

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

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The fire is burning through dense, heavy chaparral and came within yards of some homes in the foothills. Fox News, "More evacuations called as Southern California fire surges," 9 Aug. 2018 Take Tamworth Distillery, for example, a tiny operation located in the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Is “Wilderness to Bottle” the New Farm To Table?," 29 Oct. 2018 Gibbons won 37 counties, cutting a wide swath of victories from Toledo and moving southeast through Columbus to the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. Scott Wartman,, "In Ohio, Democratic U.S. Senator Sen. Sherrod Brown may ride Trump country to re-election," 2 July 2018 Proceeding north, the land rises from coastal uplands to gentle foothills. Patricia Harris And David Lyon,, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 San Diego Gas & Electric followed suit Monday, turning off power to about 360 customers in foothill areas near Cleveland National Forest, where multiple blazes have scorched large swaths of land in recent years. Paul Elias, The Seattle Times, "California utilities shut off power amid wildfire concerns," 15 Oct. 2018 Kullu, a small town in the Himalayan foothills of India, is where Ruchika Sachdeva comes to work with wool. Alex Frank, Vogue, "Woolmark Prize Winner Bodice Is a Handmade Homage to India—And So Much More," 8 Sep. 2018 The roads in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada are fun, and traffic is scarce. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "1,160 miles in 11 days: A grand tour with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio," 15 Aug. 2018 The region can expect drizzles to light rain, and the foothill areas of L.A. County mountains will likely see measurable rainfall, according to the weather service. Victoria Kim,, "'May gray' in L.A. won't be going away, forecasters say," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of foothill

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of foothill

: a hill at the bottom of higher hills

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