four·​teen·​er | \fȯr-ˈtē-nər \

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

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Mount Rainier National Park, Washington At 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is a magnificent fourteener to summit with your budding peakbagger. Leslie Hsu Oh, Outside Online, "The Best National Parks for Kids," 22 June 2018 Toward the end of college, Lord began climbing fourteeners, spurred by a mutual friend and classmate, Andy Terhune. The Atlantic, "Is Social Media Luring Hikers Into 'Death Gully'?," 17 May 2018 The Elk Mountain fourteeners see far fewer climbers, and their peaks are among the most dangerous. The Atlantic, "Is Social Media Luring Hikers Into 'Death Gully'?," 17 May 2018 To the south, at Great Sand Dunes National Park, prevailing winds push sand against a different range of fourteeners, Sangre de Cristos., "Detours worth taking on your next road trip," 20 May 2018 Already on the docket for this spring: Finish the National Geographic Live tour, ski some Sierra fourteeners, and spend two weeks in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, climbing and skiing with fellow The North Face athlete Kit DesLauriers. Kate Siber, Outside Online, "The Mentor: Hilaree Nelson," 3 Apr. 2018 There are many gorgeous hikes in the region, including several fourteeners, but Lily Pad Lake offers the reward of two lakes at its finale, one of which is filled with thousands of lily pads adorned with yellow blooms. Irene Middleman Thomas, star-telegram, "Hitting the ski slopes in Colorado? Make time to explore Silverthorne," 22 July 2017 People have skied all 53 (or more) of the fourteeners in winter, climbed stable spring snow to the summits. Jenn Fields, The Know, "Colorado fourteeners: seriously everything you need to know before you go," 16 June 2017 In this week's Maphead, Ken Jennings explores the continental U.S.'s fourteeners—mountains over 14,000 feet. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why the Tallest Mountains in the U.S. Are Almost the Same Height," 6 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of fourteener

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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