hill·​top | \ ˈhil-ˌtäp How to pronounce hilltop (audio) \

Definition of hilltop

: the highest part of a hill

Examples of hilltop in a Sentence

They built their house on a hilltop.

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The attack came just four days after Taliban militants stormed the hilltop Intercontinental hotel in Kabul. Sayed Salahuddin, Washington Post, "Islamic State attacks Save the Children charity in Afghanistan," 24 Jan. 2018 She was inspired by the Villa Kerylos (being built by her husband’s cousin Theodore Reinach) to create a home of her own in the area, and chose a commanding hilltop site with 360 degree views of the majestic surrounding landscape. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Tours the Best of the Côte d’Azur’s Historical Homes," 1 June 2018 Visitors to the hilltop site will initially see columns representing the 800 counties throughout the country where lynchings occurred. New York Times, "36 Hours in Montgomery, Ala.," 3 May 2018 In a clever move, FGR Architects took advantage of the hilltop site, perching the house atop a base to give it the appearance of floating in midair. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Cantilevering modern home redefines the ranch house," 16 Apr. 2018 Fortunately, the hilltop site allows the sun to stream in all day long. Joanna Bober, ELLE Decor, "Country Fresh," 5 July 2012 The most prominent cover and concealment on the hilltop were a large rock and tree. James Freeman, WSJ, "Post-Trump Slump?," 24 Aug. 2018 In addition to the stadium and buildings nearby, there are also some new hotels, including a Sheraton, closer to the city center, which emanates from the gold-domed, hilltop Cathedral of St. Theodore Ushakov. Brett Martel, Fox News, "Saransk swells from building boom of World Cup proportions," 22 June 2018 The married couple Max and Ory have retreated to an isolated hilltop resort in Virginia, hoping to wait things out, but when Max loses her shadow and flees, Ory sets out to find her. Gary K. Wolfe, chicagotribune.com, "Spies meet ghosts in wildly inventive 'Summerland,' plus more sci-fi reviews," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of hilltop

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hilltop

: the top of a hill


hill·​top | \ ˈhil-ˌtäp How to pronounce hilltop (audio) \

Kids Definition of hilltop

: the highest part of a hill

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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