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

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Troop, who grew up in the foothills of North Carolina, is an openly gay bluegrass fiddler and protest song writer, and is one of the very few musicians within that genre to come out and stay out. Alex Blynn, Billboard, "Che Apalache's Joe Troop on Being Out in the Bluegrass Community: 'It's Very Much Taboo'," 6 Aug. 2019 Spa at St Julien Located just a few blocks from the foothills west of Boulder, the Spa at St Julien is the place to treat yourself after a day of hiking or mountain biking. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Serious self-care: A guide to Colorado’s must-visit spas," 30 July 2019 Our driving route was mostly winding two-lane highways, running either up into the foothills of the Cascade Range or down to the Pacific coast. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid first drive: This plug-in hybrid is a blast," 24 July 2019 From Table Mountain, head back to Highway 70 and continue northeast into the Sierra foothills. Peter Fish, San Francisco Chronicle, "Road trip along Sierra Nevada’s Feather River," 16 Mar. 2018 More than 160 years ago, immigrants, business tycoons and speculators poured into these foothills along the Sierra Nevada to mine the ridges and pan the streams for gold. Johnny Magdaleno, Newsweek, "Mexican Drug Cartels May Use Legal Marijuana to Increase Their Presence in Northern California," 10 Jan. 2018 The monsoon is likely to produce thunderstorms on Wednesday in the desert, and possibly in some foothill communities. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego to hit 92 degrees Wednesday, the highest reading in more than a year," 4 Sep. 2019 In Burbank, one of those places is the deck of the Hilltop Restaurant and Bar located on the second story of the clubhouse at DeBell Golf Club, nestled in the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains. David Laurell, Burbank Leader, "On the Town: Chamber holds mixer with beautiful backdrop at DeBell Golf Club," 3 Sep. 2019 At the same time, the population in foothill communities took off. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Many Californians now live in the midst of wildfire fuel," 14 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce foothill (audio) \

Kids Definition of foothill

: a hill at the bottom of higher hills

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