four·​teen·​er | \ fȯr-ˈtē-nər How to pronounce fourteener (audio) \

Definition of fourteener

1 : a verse consisting of 14 syllables or especially of 7 iambic feet
2 : a mountain that is at least 14,000 feet high

Examples of fourteener in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moving in the Alps is not like a jaunt up a fourteener. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "It’s Time to Embrace Ski Guiding," 26 Feb. 2021 Remember fourteeners can get very cold, even in the summer. John Meyer, The Know, "Important things to know when climbing a fourteener in Colorado," 11 July 2019 Some may find this high-altitude dirt trail to be challenging, due to its 95 feet of elevation gain, but the impressive views of wooded hillsides and notorious fourteener Longs Peak will more than make up for any breathlessness. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "The 25 Best Accessible Trails in America," 15 Jan. 2020 The element of adventure is a lot higher on thirteeners vs. fourteeners. John Meyer, The Know, "Colorado’s 14ers are awe-inspiring hikes, but many 13ers are just as epic — and less crowded," 2 Aug. 2019 And just for the record: The Colorado Mountain Club recognizes 54 fourteeners. John Meyer, The Know, "Everything you need to know about climbing your first fourteener," 11 July 2019 Next up for the duo? Hiking a fourteener — a mountain that’s over 14,000 feet tall. Helen Murphy,, "Woman Who Can’t Walk Teams Up with Blind Man for Hiking Adventures: 'He's the Legs, I'm the Eyes'," 12 July 2019 Brightwell, who had hiked around 20 fourteeners, snapped a photo of Marcil on the summit. The Atlantic, "Is Social Media Luring Hikers Into 'Death Gully'?," 17 May 2018 One of Washington’s most prominent icons, the fourteener is an ideal basecamp for outdoor adventures, from hiking to hot tubbing. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Best Day Trips from Seattle," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of fourteener

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fourteener.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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