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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In the Sierra foothills, the El Dorado Irrigation District east of Sacramento has already spent $800,000 on additional generators. Kurtis Alexander,, "PG&E’s planned power shutdowns could choke off vital water supplies," 9 July 2019 Natural Bridges is a swimming hole in the Sierra foothills. Mike Morris,, "Take the plunge in these swimming holes to keep your cool," 21 June 2019 More than spring flowers are blooming along the slopes of the Sierra foothills. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Bright and intriguing wines in full bloom at these four foothill wineries | The Sacramento Bee," 9 May 2018 On July 24th cyclists sped past the medieval village of Faucon, having started at the Roman aqueduct of the Pont du Gard, before ending in the foothills of the Alps. The Economist, "A French cyclist may win the Tour de France," 25 July 2019 Thanks to the original Bernadette, this town in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains became a major Roman Catholic pilgrimage site, drawing millions of people each year and boasting a hotel capacity in France second only to Paris. Chris O'brien,, "A rebirth for Lourdes, France, driven somewhat by the saintly life of Bernadette," 11 July 2019 Another area of intensive focus is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where the number of homes built in high-fire-threat areas has been growing steadily for decades. Peter Fimrite,, "California neighborhoods prepare for wildfires with help from federal program," 7 July 2019 Two days later, Day arrived at Pederson’s place, a secluded property several miles outside Phoenix and in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains., "A Mouseketeer mystery: Dennis Day’s extraordinary life and heartbreaking death," 6 July 2019 The rustic chic ranch is nestled in the foothills of Santa Ynez Mountains, and overlooks the Pacific ocean. Vogue, "From Amal Clooney’s Palazzo to Chrissy Teigen’s Villa—13 Stunning Celebrity Wedding Venues That You Can Rent," 5 July 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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