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 landslide (audio) \; landsliding\ ˈlan(d)-​ˌslī-​diŋ How to pronounce landslide (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a landslide election Tuesday, San Francisco voters recalled school board President Gabriela López and members Alison Collins and Faauuga Moliga. Fifth & Mission Podcast, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Feb. 2022 The prime minister is currently facing dwindling approval ratings following a landslide re-election in 2020. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 3 Feb. 2022 New Zealand’s initial lockdown in March to May 2020, and its border closure, limited the spread of the coronavirus and helped to sweep Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s center-left Labour Party to a landslide re-election later that year. Stephen Wright, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2022 In March 2019, soon after Andrés Manuel López Obrador replaced Peña Nieto after a landslide election, investigators charged that Zerón had engaged in torture, abduction and tampering with evidence in relation to the Iguala massacre. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 Then in August 2020, his Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party — the Sri Lanka People’s Front — posted a landslide victory. Steve H. Hanke, National Review, 19 Apr. 2022 The several-year-long political cold war culminated in the economic crisis in 2008, which paved the way for Orbán’s landslide election victory two years later. Zsuzsanna Szelényi, The New Republic, 5 Apr. 2022 Burgelis won in a landslide victory, winning 65% of the district's votes. Vanessa Swales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Apr. 2022 An early official count of Serbia's national election on Monday confirmed the landslide victory of President Aleksandar Vucic and his populist party — important allies of Russia in the volatile Balkans and in Europe. Jovana Gec, ajc, 4 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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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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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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