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 The country was poised at the foothill of a record spike in infections and deaths. USA Today, "Trump said not to worry about COVID-19. These people beg to differ.," 30 Oct. 2020 More than 90,000 people have fled their homes in the dry foothill communities of eastern Orange County ahead of fires driven by fierce, warm winds and fed by thick brush. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "Two firefighters critically injured in California wildfires as blazes threaten highly populated areas," 27 Oct. 2020 Choglamsar is a cluster of one-story mud brick houses, with a monastery atop its foothill. Fahad Shah, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Tibetan refugees, the India-China border rift is personal," 24 Sep. 2020 The rendezvous was a beautiful piece of land with lush grasses, a small stream, and a forested foothill in the background. Popular Science, "How to hunt for star-nosed moles (and their holes)," 15 Sep. 2020 Residents of foothill communities east of Los Angeles were being told to stay alert because of a fire in the Angeles National Forest. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "15 firefighters injured in California as wind-driven wildfires roar across West," 10 Sep. 2020 People in a half-dozen foothill communities east of Los Angeles were being told to stay alert because of a fire in the Angeles National Forest. Marcio Jose Sanchez And Brian Melley, Star Tribune, "Gusty winds pose continued wildfire threats in California," 9 Sep. 2020 The scorching temperatures are a concern for firefighters battling blazes that have destroyed several homes and have erupted near both rural and urban foothill neighborhoods, driving through tinder-dry brush. Editors, USA TODAY, "West Coast heat wave, UFC 252, 'Lovecraft Country': 5 things to know this weekend," 15 Aug. 2020 In the less than two months since then, the warehouse in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania has become Amazon’s biggest COVID-19 hot spot. Karen Weise,, "‘Way too late’: inside Amazon’s biggest outbreak," 19 May 2020

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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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