noun, often attributive
moun·​tain | \ ˈmau̇n-tᵊn How to pronounce mountain (audio) \

Definition of mountain

1a : a landmass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is higher than a hill The sun set behind the mountains.
b : an elongated ridge
2a : a great mass a mountain of a man— E. K. Brown
b : a vast number or quantity a mountain of mail a mountain of debt

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Examples of mountain in a Sentence

She watched the sun set behind the mountains. a cabin in the mountains They both like mountain climbing. We've received a mountain of mail.
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Recent Examples on the Web Ford: The colors are strong and unique, and the mountain-logo outline gives that pick-ax logo room to breathe. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 28 July 2021 The deep cleft, slicing between the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges, is surrounded by granite walls and forested slopes., 28 July 2021 The 8,530-foot mountain has been rumbling since last year and villagers were advised to stay 3 miles from the crater's mouth. NBC News, 28 July 2021 Weather has grown more severe, seas are measurably higher, and mountain glaciers and polar ice have shrunk sharply. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 27 July 2021 But one of the most viable ideas may be importing water on the California Western Railroad, the rugged train line that runs through thick redwood forest from Fort Bragg to Willits, traversing trestle bridges and mountain tunnels. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 July 2021 Search-and-rescue efforts on and near the mountain often require multiple counties because of the resources needed and county borders in the area. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 July 2021 Mountain climbing teams headed back onto the mountain Tuesday in search of 33-year-old Steven Vanpelt, said Linn County Sheriff’s Office Captain Michelle Duncan. oregonlive, 27 July 2021 Hike the Samaria Gorge (which takes five to seven hours through streams and between cliffs), or walk through wildflowers along paths in the mountain villages. Eleni N. Gage, Travel + Leisure, 27 July 2021

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First Known Use of mountain

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mountain

Middle English, from Anglo-French muntaine, from Vulgar Latin *montanea, from feminine of *montaneus of a mountain, alteration of Latin montanus, from mont-, mons

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The first known use of mountain was in the 13th century

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30 Jul 2021

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“Mountain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mountain

: an area of land that rises very high above the land around it and that is higher than a hill
: a very large amount of something


moun·​tain | \ ˈmau̇n-tᵊn How to pronounce mountain (audio) \

Kids Definition of mountain

1 : a raised area of land higher than a hill
2 : a great mass or huge number a mountain of mail

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