land·​slide | \ ˈlan(d)-ˌslīd How to pronounce landslide (audio) \

Definition of landslide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the usually rapid downward movement of a mass of rock, earth, or artificial fill on a slope also : the mass that moves down
2a : a great majority of votes for one side
b : an overwhelming victory


landslid\ ˈlan(d)-​ˌslid How to pronounce landslid (audio) \; landsliding\ ˈlan(d)-​ˌslī-​diŋ How to pronounce landsliding (audio) \

Definition of landslide (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to produce a landslide
2 : to win an election by a heavy majority

Examples of landslide in a Sentence

Noun The earthquake triggered a landslide. They were buried under the landslide. The presidential election turned out to be one of the biggest landslides in history. She won the election by a landslide.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sununu earlier this month won a landslide reelection victory to a third two-year term as New Hampshire governor. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, "Conservative lawmakers launch long-shot effort to impeach NH governor after mask mandate," 26 Nov. 2020 Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reelected in a landslide victory for his BJP party last year, many Indian Muslims say his emphasis on empowering India's Hindu majority has left them feeling like second-class citizens in their own country. Michelle Toh And Esha Mitra, CNN, "Netflix faces boycott calls in India over 'A Suitable Boy' kissing scene," 23 Nov. 2020 In the title match, Millennium's win over Cactus Shadows wasn't a landslide that the overall score suggests. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Millennium sweeps Cactus Shadows in 5A girls volleyball state championship," 22 Nov. 2020 But when the next election comes around, the people who voted for Brexit and who gave him a landslide victory in 2019 may not be so forgiving. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 16," 21 Nov. 2020 Three months earlier, Garcetti had won a landslide victory to earn a second term. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, "Garcetti advisor made sexually provocative gesture in photo with mayor," 20 Nov. 2020 Engineer Frank Conrad announced a landslide victory for republican William Harding to the 100 listeners tuned in to Philadelphia’s KDKA station. Anne Quito, Quartz, "The design of America’s frenetic election broadcasts mirror our bewildering times," 20 Nov. 2020 Opposition candidate Maia Sandu won a landslide victory in Moldova’s election against the pro-Russia incumbent. Fortune, "Zurich added 6 words to job listings and saw women’s share of applications—and hires—jump," 17 Nov. 2020 The contest was originally set for October but was delayed due to an overlap with the country’s general election, in which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a landslide victory. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "Hundreds of fraudulent votes were discovered. Then a fat green parrot was elected.," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of landslide


1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of landslide was in 1822

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29 Nov 2020

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“Landslide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of landslide

: a large mass of rocks and earth that suddenly and quickly moves down the side of a mountain or hill
: an election in which the winner gets a much greater number of votes than the loser


land·​slide | \ ˈland-ˌslīd How to pronounce landslide (audio) \

Kids Definition of landslide

1 : the sudden and rapid downward movement of a mass of rocks or earth on a steep slope
2 : the material that moves in a landslide
3 : the winning of an election by a very large number of votes

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