foot·​hill ˈfu̇t-ˌhil How to pronounce foothill (audio)
: a hill at the foot of higher hills
foothills plural : a hilly region at the base of a mountain range

Examples of foothill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web San Diego County will experience another brief heat wave this weekend with temperatures rising into the low 80s in some coastal cities and near 100 across inland valleys and foothills, the National Weather Service said. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2023 Tucked away in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, a small Georgia town hides an alluring secret: award-winning wineries and tasting rooms that offer local, regional, and international wines and spirits. Karen Ruffini, Travel + Leisure, 22 Aug. 2023 Many of the people being called on to help played similar roles in the aftermath of the Camp fire, the 2018 disaster in Northern California that killed 85 people and reduced to ash the town of Paradise, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Tim Arango, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2023 Trade in Appalachia for the Alps this Christmas in Helen, Georgia, a charming small town known for its scenic natural surroundings, vineyards nestled in the foothills, and distinctive alpine aesthetic. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 15 Sep. 2023 Eyewitnesses in the foothills of the mountains said some towns are completely destroyed, with almost all the homes in an area of the village of Asni damaged. Amarachi Orie, CNN, 9 Sep. 2023 On the outskirts of Athens, a major fire that destroyed homes in the foothills of Mount Parnitha on Wednesday was racing across the mountain’s forested slopes and threatened the heart of a national park that is one of the last wooded areas near the Greek capital. Elena Becatoros, Chicago Tribune, 24 Aug. 2023 In 1970, Vermont sculpture artist David Stromeyer bought a 200-acre former dairy farm in the foothills of the Cold Hollow Mountains, with plenty of room and scenic inspiration to create his abstract, large-scale steel sculptures. Pamela Wright,, 15 Aug. 2023 The novel follows a family led by a former pot-grower struggling to go legit in the Sierra foothills — until a wildfire threatens to destroy their second chance. Boris Kachka, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of foothill was in 1788

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“Foothill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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foot·​hill -ˌhil How to pronounce foothill (audio)
: a hill at the foot of higher hills or mountains

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