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


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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The oil-first priority reflects the heavily nationalist economic bent of Lopez Obrador, a leftist who was elected in a landslide last year on a platform of empowering the poor and working classes, and getting rid of corruption. Emily Green,, "Alternative energy efforts in Mexico slow as Lopez Obrador prioritizes oil," 10 July 2019 Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, a former firebrand leftist, was defeated in a landslide. New York Times, "Greek Elections: Prime Minister Loses Re-Election to Center Right," 7 July 2019 Alberto Fujimori, the son of Japanese immigrants who became known affectionately as El Chinito, came out of nowhere to crush Vargas Llosa in a landslide. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019 At least 64 people were killed and dozens more, mostly gold miners, were feared trapped in a landslide in the northern Philippines on Sunday following Typhoon Mangkhut pummeling the region with heavy rain and strong winds. Fox News, "Dozens feared trapped in Philippines as Typhoon Mangkhut pummels southern China," 16 Sep. 2018 Two northern Kentucky roads remain closed following landslides last week. Rachel Berry,, "Columbia Parkway reopened, but NKY roads still closed after landslides," 25 June 2019 But a 2017 landslide on Newberry further delayed the project by more than a year as a key detour route had been wiped away., "Buckle up: Northwest Cornelius Pass Road will close for 11 weeks, expect delays and detours abound," 24 June 2019 Imamoglu won with a landslide — a 10-point lead — even though Erdogan mobilized all the state resources in this election. New York Times, "Turkey’s President Suffers Stinging Defeat in Istanbul Election Redo," 23 June 2019 The winner won by a landslide and the loser, well, reviewers were not shy about their thoughts. Grace Wong,, "Who makes the best ranch dressing? We tried 14 brands to find the tastiest one for veggies, pizza and much more," 17 June 2019

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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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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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