land·slide | \ˈlan(d)-ˌslīd \

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 \; landsliding\ˈlan(d)-ˌslī-diŋ \

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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More than 100 people have died and scores are missing in western Japan as record rainfall in recent days triggered landslides and floods that severed power lines and roads, and brought activity to a halt in parts of a manufacturing region. Mayumi Negishi, WSJ, "Japan Flooding, Mudslides Kill More Than a Hundred People," 9 July 2018 In August 2014, 77 people died in Hiroshima when torrential rain triggered massive landslides, but one resident told Kyodo the rains were heavier this time. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "More than 60 dead, many missing as ‘historic’ rains pound Japan," 7 July 2018 About 200,000 Rohingya live in flimsy shelters that are vulnerable to landslides and flooding, according to the United Nations. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Myanmar and U.N. Agree to Aim for Repatriation of Rohingya," 31 May 2018 The Trump administration, though, now must contend with Mr. López Obrador, an enormously popular politician who won a landslide victory and a broad mandate. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, "U.S. Delegation and Mexico’s Next President Aim to Reset Relations," 13 July 2018 Women were buoyed by the landslide victory on July 1 of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, whose platform included positions women’s groups considered favorable. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Women Test Mexico’s ‘Macho’ Political Culture With Big Electoral Gains," 12 July 2018 And in the July 1 election, a populist, anti-Trump candidate was elected as Mexico’s new president in a landslide victory, further muddling the outlook for renegotiating the trade pact. Brooks Jackson,, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 The landslide victory of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico's presidential election is likely to provide some relief to another leftist firebrand: Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro. Scott Smith, Fox News, "Mexico's new president could help ease pressure on Venezuela," 9 July 2018 Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s landslide victory in Mexico’s presidential race Sunday night was not just a triumph for the left. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "In Mexico, a victory at long last for the left and a two-time loser," 2 July 2018

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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 \

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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