hill·​top | \ˈhil-ˌtäp \

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 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 Deepest of all is the archaic age, where mythology locates Romulus and Remus and their Trojan ancestor Aeneas, and archaeology finds clusters of wooden huts on hilltops around the boggy forum. Greg Woolf, WSJ, "‘Rome: A History in Seven Sackings’ Review: The City That Survived," 29 June 2018 Large mammals like moose and caribou on faraway hilltops might not miss us at all, said biologist Tom Paragi with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "How Alaska wildlife would fare in a world without humans," 7 Apr. 2018 On the hilltop above town stands a bold cross, marking the place from which Croat forces shelled the Bosniak side of the river. Exploring Mostar is a delight. Rick Steves, miamiherald, "Here's a way to spice up a trip to Europe: Add a day trip to a neighboring country | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 The homeless camp where the December wildfire started was only a mile from a new hilltop mansion twice the size of the White House that’s for sale for $500 million. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "In the second Gilded Age, the mansions get bigger, and the homeless get closer," 16 May 2018 On the hilltop above town stands a bold cross, marking the place from where Croat forces shelled the Bosniak side of the river. Exploring Mostar is a delight. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Rick Steves: Europe’s best border-busting day trips," 6 May 2018 Some of the Bugs at Chuck Pisconski's hilltop home appear newly hatched in original Pastel Green, Bordeaux Red and Bahama Blue. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Bugging Out In Plymouth," 22 June 2017 In her home state, her portfolio includes a contemporary Jamestown house on Narragansett Bay, a hilltop house in Providence and a vineyard estate in rural Sakonnet. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Inside the Many, Many Homes of This Jewelry Billionaire," 12 July 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 \

Kids Definition of hilltop

: the highest part of a hill

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