mas·​sif | \ ma-ˈsēf How to pronounce massif (audio) \

Definition of massif

1 : a principal mountain mass
2 : a block of the earth's crust bounded by faults or flexures and displaced as a unit without internal change

Examples of massif in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two hikes will get you to the Roan Highlands, a 20-mile massif part of the Appalachian Bald Mountains. Neil Norman, Outside Online, 12 Aug. 2020 Climate change is melting the glaciers and permafrost of the Mont Blanc massif, revealing crystals hidden in pockets once covered in snow. Simon Akam, Outside Online, 8 June 2021 This Instagram-famous lake is especially alluring in the summer, when the sun reflects off its emerald waters, around which rises the impressive Seekofel massif. Laura Itzkowitz, Travel + Leisure, 25 Apr. 2022 The vineyards are on terraced slopes with southern exposure along the Dentelles de Montmirail, the mighty limestone massif. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Maestri never mentioned climbing on the west side of the massif, only the east and north sides. The Editors, Outside Online, 4 Feb. 2015 The grand finale is a heli-ski excursion near the summit of Dufourspitze—the highest peak of the Monte Rosa massif (pictured above) and the highest peak in the Swiss Alps—followed by a 8,500-foot descent down to Zermatt. Brigid Mander, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 Val Gardena is also a gateway into the famous Sella Ronda circuit, a 40-kilometer lap of the Sella massif taking in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Dolomites. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 On one such trip, Stewart, accompanied by the Berkeley paleontologist Charles Camp, came upon a towering black massif looming over a bubbling alkaline spring. Matthew Sherrill, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of massif

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for massif

French, from massif, adjective, from Middle French, alteration of Old French massiz

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Last Updated

9 Jul 2022

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“Massif.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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