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land·​slide ˈlan(d)-ˌslīd How to pronounce landslide (audio)
: the usually rapid downward movement of a mass of rock, earth, or artificial fill on a slope
also : the mass that moves down
: a great majority of votes for one side
: an overwhelming victory


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

intransitive verb

: to produce a landslide
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Earlier this month, SAG-AFTRA members reelected President Fran Drescher in a landslide. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 The risk of a landslide increases after a wildfire because the extra dry ground can liquify more easily if exposed to rainfall. Dan Lambe, Treehugger, 28 Aug. 2023 The only time in those seven elections when the state’s voters chose a Democrat was in 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson won the state in a national landslide. Politifact Staff Writer, Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2023 Shapiro, 50, who won his first four-year term as governor in 2022 by a landslide, is a politically ambitious rising Democratic leader who’s getting noticed in his party. Steven Porter,, 22 Aug. 2023 The Dodgers watched Trea Turner walk and will win the NL West in a landslide anyway. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2023 Newcomer Ronald Reagan trounced him in a landslide. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2023 The bureau warned heavy rainfall could trigger flash flooding and landslides. Wayne Chang, CNN, 2 Sep. 2023 And in 2022, DeSantis won reelection in a landslide with 59.4% of the vote. Raymond Scheppach, Fortune, 30 Aug. 2023
Of the 195 votes cast by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and select broadcasters, Bergeron garnered a whopping 160 first-place votes en route to landslide win. Globe Staff,, 5 June 2022 Wins were not guaranteed to arrive right away, but Aston believed the Roadrunners could captivate fans with pace and enthusiasm, leaving behind the tendency to wilt or allow games to landslide at the first misstep. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of landslide was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“Landslide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the slipping down of a mass of rocks or earth on a steep slope
also : the mass of material that slides
: an overwhelming victory especially in an election
won by a landslide
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