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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Head north to Palopo, and then up winding mountain roads surrounded by stunning forest and coffee plantations, home to the Toraja tribe who live in remote hilltop dwellings. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 Some people climbed to hilltops Saturday to watch as flames whipped through thick brush that hadn’t burned in more than 100 years. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "175-acre Laguna Beach brush fire is 85% contained, firefighters say," 6 June 2018 The swimming pool and landscaping of a hilltop home, seen on Aug. 10, are surrounded by damage from a wildfire in the area west of Redding, Calif. Jeffrey Ball, WSJ, "Why Californians Were Drawn Toward the Fire Zones," 7 Dec. 2018 Montjuic Bed and Breakfast Montjuic B&B is a hilltop home that plays to those H-words. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Barcelona," 4 Mar. 2018 Astronomers carefully transported the original telescope as well as the Mount Adams cornerstone to this new location – to a hilltop named Mount Lookout, where the Cincinnati Observatory has been looking out ever since. Dean Regas, Cincinnati.com, "How Cincinnati became the 'Birthplace of American Astronomy'," 12 Apr. 2018 Observing those hammer blows from a hilltop, British Colonel J.F.C. Fuller, an early advocate of mechanized warfare, wondered what would have happened if the Germans had attacked with tanks instead of easily fatigued infantry. Geoffrey Wawro, WSJ, "The Reinvention of Warfare," 8 Nov. 2018 Dartmoor is more than 350 square miles of gently rolling hilltops topped with granite outcroppings. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "A Driving Tour of Devon, England—on Perilously Narrow Roads," 30 Oct. 2018 The 120-year-old gigantic Prinkipo orphanage, occupying 20,000 square meters on a hilltop became home for some 5,800 minority Greek children from 1903 until 1964 when it was forced to shut down. Lefteris Pitarakis, Fox News, "AP PHOTOS: Istanbul's historic orphanage awaits salvation," 9 Sep. 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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