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

Examples of foothill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beinstock began to spend time at the group’s headquarters, known as Apollo, in a rural community in the foothills of the Sierras called Oregon House. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, "How Natural Wine Became a Symbol of Virtuous Consumption," 18 Nov. 2019 Lesser amounts are expected in northern New Hampshire and parts of the western Maine mountains and foothills. Justin Carissimo And Victoria Albert, CBS News, "Arctic blast could bring record-breaking temperatures across the U.S.," 12 Nov. 2019 Set in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, the two-acre estate holds a 13,000-square-foot home, a guesthouse and a 70-foot swimming pool.(Compass) Hip-hop star Tyga is getting a taste of the Westside. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Rapper Tyga leases brand-new Bel-Air mansion for $58,000 a month," 23 Oct. 2019 Forecasters say the winds will spread out and linger early Monday in the mountains and foothills, hitting 20 to 35 mph in some inland areas, especially spots east of Ramona and Alpine. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Back-to-back Santa Anas and high heat raise wildfire risk in San Diego County," 20 Oct. 2019 Archaeological and genetic evidence suggests that the indica subspecies of Asian rice (almost all cultivated rice from the Indian subcontinent belongs to this group) was grown about 7,000 to 9,000 years ago in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. Debal Deb, Scientific American, "The Struggle to Save Heirloom Rice in India," 16 Oct. 2019 The blaze led to the evacuation of 100,000 residents in the foothills of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. Matthias Gafni,, "Another utility-sparked wildfire? SoCal Edison alerts state regulators it had malfunction at start of Saddleridge Fire," 14 Oct. 2019 That June, Virginia Commonwealth assistant Mike Jones was named head coach at Radford, a 10,000-student university in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains., "Overlooked no more, ‘superhuman’ Javonte Green is charging toward Celtics roster - The Boston Globe," 10 Oct. 2019 By Friday, the system is predicted to have dumped 3 to 6 inches of rain along the coast and up to 10 inches in the mountains and foothills above Montecito, Carpinteria and Ojai. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Battered by fires and floods, beleaguered Montecito braces for more potential destruction," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of foothill

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Nov 2019

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“Foothill.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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