hill·​top ˈhil-ˌtäp How to pronounce hilltop (audio)
: the highest part of a hill

Examples of hilltop in a Sentence

They built their house on a hilltop.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hilltop was in the 15th century

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“Hilltop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hilltop. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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hill·​top -ˌtäp How to pronounce hilltop (audio)
: the highest part of a hill

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