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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Facing a hostile parliament after his landslide victory, Zelenskiy called a snap parliamentary election in July that gave his Servant of the People party the parliament majority. Washington Post, "Ukraine’s new parliament approves top Cabinet officials," 1 Sep. 2019 Mr Modi’s landslide victory therefore set corporate pulses racing. The Economist, "India Inc is growing disenchanted with Narendra Modi," 17 Aug. 2019 He was reelected in a landslide victory in May, giving Hindu nationalists the strongest hand they have held in modern Indian history. Ellen Barry,, "Sushma Swaraj, 67, popular Indian minister and Modi ally," 10 Aug. 2019 The party’s landslide victory in the national election earlier this year possibly shows widespread public backing of such a move in the country. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "Kashmir descends into a witch’s brew of fear and suspense," 4 Aug. 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi won another landslide victory in general elections that concluded in May, and minorities and liberals have grown increasingly concerned about the influence of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. Jack Guy, CNN, "Zomato shuts down Indian customer complaining about non-Hindu delivery rider," 31 July 2019 Richard Nixon campaigned vigorously against busing, which helped propel his landslide victory over George McGovern. Will Stancil, The Atlantic, "The White Suburbs That Fought Busing Aren’t So White Anymore," 12 July 2019 The incredible team started off their World Cup journey with a landslide victory over Thailand — shutting them out 13-0. Claudia Harmata,, "From Most Goals to Most Wins: Here Are the Records the U.S. National Team Broke During World Cup," 8 July 2019 In 2016, Republicans drew congressional districts that packed Democratic voters into the three districts that translated into landslide victories. CBS News, "Supreme Court leaves partisan gerrymandering to be decided by states," 27 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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