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 After narrowly losing the Iowa caucuses four years ago, Trump won the New Hampshire primary in a landslide, launching him toward the GOP presidential nomination and, eventually, the White House. Fox News, "Trump to hold outdoor New Hampshire rally July 11, campaign announces," 6 July 2020 The landslide victory for Ms. Koike, 67 years old, furthers the career of one of the few women at the top level of Japanese politics. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Yuriko Koike Wins Second Term as Tokyo Governor Ahead of Olympics," 5 July 2020 Meanwhile rescue workers said at least 113 people have been killed in a landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar. NBC News, "Dozens killed by landslide at Myanmar jade mine," 2 July 2020 The landslide was triggered by heavy rain and swept through the site in the jade-rich area of Hpakant on Thursday morning. Helen Regan, CNN, "Jade mine landslide kills at least 100 in Myanmar, with more people still missing," 2 July 2020 Last November, pro-democracy candidates won a landslide victory in district council elections. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hong Kongers fear drastic law marks ‘before’ and ‘after’," 1 July 2020 The older, more moderate faction, see it as a recklessly naïve approach that will bring no gains—and could even cause losses come the September legislative elections, undoing the opposition’s landslide victory in November’s local district elections. Mary Hui, Quartz, "“Laam Caau:” The high-stakes game that Hong Kong protesters are waging with China," 30 June 2020 President Trump's campaign is pushing back on talk of a Joe Biden landslide victory in November, as polls show the White House incumbent faces an uphill battle to win reelection. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Trump campaign dings Biden's lack of enthusiasm to counter poor polling," 29 June 2020 President Aleksandar Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party appeared set for a landslide victory, facing little challenge from the divided opposition. Dusan Stojanovic,, "Ruling populists look set to win Serbia vote amid pandemic," 21 June 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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8 Jul 2020

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“Landslide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 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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