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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That would be the strongest gain since 1984, when a 7.2% increase in the gross domestic product helped carry Republican President Ronald Reagan to a second term in a landslide. Josh Boak, ajc, "Biden's test: Engineering economic boom in a partisan divide," 18 Jan. 2021 In New Zealand, where the government was reelected in a landslide last month after an effective response to the pandemic, some wondered why the scale of the outbreak in America hadn’t doomed Trump’s chances. Washington Post, "America’s global image takes another battering over the contested election, but world markets resilient," 4 Nov. 2020 Only three Democrats voted no on any articles of impeachment, including one representing a district Trump won by 31 points in 2016 who still ended up losing in a landslide this election. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump supporters' 'favorite Democrat' Tulsi Gabbard works with GOP and plots next move," 27 Dec. 2020 Householder has maintained his innocence and, besides losing the speakership, has faced no political penalty so far -- the Perry County Republican has remained in the House and was even re-elected to another term in a landslide. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Ohio lawmakers to end session without addressing scandal-drenched House Bill 6," 22 Dec. 2020 Simmons, newly hired to lead the city's economic development corporation, lives in one of the four homes destroyed in the landslide. Mark Thiessen, Star Tribune, "Search continues for 2 missing after Alaska landslide," 4 Dec. 2020 In a recent interview, Faulconer didn’t see his special-election history as any kind of qualifier in going up against a Democratic governor who was elected in a landslide in 2018. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Things to remember as Faulconer eyes bid for governor," 2 Dec. 2020 Williams, who buried her opponent for the Georgia seat formerly held by the late Representative John Lewis in a landslide, is a former vice president of public policy at Planned Parenthood Southeast and majored in biology as an undergraduate. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "New Scientist-Candidates for U.S. Congress Fared Worse Than Expected in 2020," 20 Nov. 2020 In Nicaragua, at least a dozen people perished in a landslide in Macizo Peñas Blancas, part of the Matagalpa state in west central Nicaragua. Washington Post, "Scenes of flooding, devastation lie in wake of monstrous Hurricane Iota," 20 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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22 Jan 2021

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“Landslide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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