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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Arnold is a foothill town in Calaveras County, California. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Bear sneaks up on homeowner doing yardwork in Arnold | The Sacramento Bee," 2 May 2018 That was a relief to residents of the coastal foothill town of Montecito, northwest of Los Angeles. CBS News, ""Avalanche!": 5 caught in "cloud of snow" after snowboarder dies during blizzard," 3 Mar. 2018 But finishing each day at Blackberry Farm, the best spot in the country for foothills (or Appalachian) cuisine, makes this trip worth the splurge. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The Food Adventures We Covet Most," 5 July 2018 Southerly winds of 10-15 mph through the valley and portions of foothills will keep things cool. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Fourth of July weather forecast sees balmy, breezy conditions in Sacramento area," 3 July 2018 Showers may linger into the evening, especially in the foothills and the Cascades. Rosemarie Stein | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Portland metro Thursday weather: Showers with cooler temps and occasional sun breaks," 10 May 2018 Forming the equivalent of foothills at the base of the tower’s mountain, the low-rise trio gives the Tribune complex its powerful sense of place at the head of the North Michigan Avenue retail strip. Blair Kamin,, "Tribune Tower plans would energize an old landmark, but don't yet create a new one," 18 Apr. 2018 San Diego will be on the downswing of the monthlong temperature see-saw ride on Monday, with partly cloudy skies, highs in the mid 60s west of the foothills and breezy conditions prevailing in the afternoon. Robert Krier,, "Cool day on tap, with strong winds in mountains and desert," 16 Apr. 2018 Of course, the setting doesn’t hurt: 35 acres of golden wheat fields, meandering vineyards, flowering gardens, and wooded creeks all nestled against a ridiculously picturesque backdrop of undulating foothills and distant Blue Mountain peaks. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Why Walla Walla, Washington Should be Your Next Wine Region Vacation," 6 Apr. 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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