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 Santa Anas can gust 50 mph to 70 mph in some inland valleys and foothills. Gary Robbins,, "SDGE constantly on watch for potentially damaging weather," 8 July 2018 Temperatures are expected to hit or exceed the century mark in many parts of Southern California in the coming days, including downtown L.A. Inland valley and foothill areas are expected to be even hotter. Hannah Fry,, "Extreme heat wave, high surf expected to send many to the beach," 4 July 2018 Showers and thunderstorms continued to move north across the Sacramento Valley and foothills in the late morning of Wednesday. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Lightning, hail, rain hit Sacramento area - when will it stop? | The Sacramento Bee," 16 May 2018 In San Diego County, several fires erupted including one that burned at least five homes and perhaps many more in Alpine, in foothills not far from San Diego. NBC News, "Weather grants some relief as wildfires burn in West amid heatwave," 7 July 2018 In San Diego County, several fires erupted including one that burned at least five homes and perhaps many more in Alpine, in foothills not far from San Diego. CBS News, "New fires sweep through sweltering Southern California," 7 July 2018 The friskiest wine in his lineup is the Paul J. Wines 2016 Amador County Zinfandel ($26), which seizes with balance and zest all the juicy raspberry and blackberry notes that the varietal is recognized for giving in the foothills. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Shenandoah Valley’s newest winery Paul J. Wines recognizes the old," 4 July 2018 Sergio always enjoyed his summer trips to his hometown in Italy at the foothills of the Gran Sasso., "Sergio Gregorio Colantonio," 29 June 2018 This river is bringing down all the quartz and granite from the foothills. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why is star winemaker Tegan Passalacqua building a winery in Lodi?," 20 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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