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 This was critical to Gale’s selection as Curiosity’s landing site since engineers could now drive the rover to the mountain after a safe landing away from it. Jatan Mehta, Scientific American, "How NASA Aims to Achieve Perseverance’s High-Stakes Mars Landing," 17 Feb. 2021 Consider getting away from the mountain for award-winning local brews and spirits in some of the country’s best ski towns. Julia Heffelfinger, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Breweries and Distilleries Taking Over America's Après-Ski Scene," 11 Feb. 2021 Nina posted a group pic of all of them together bundled up and ready to take on the mountain together. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""The Vampire Diaries" Stars Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley Reunite for Fun Couples Getaway," 9 Feb. 2021 Rescue teams were working to bring the deceased off the mountain, Cutler said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, "4 skiers dead after avalanche in Utah's Salt Lake Valley," 6 Feb. 2021 On Wednesday morning, troopers and the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group began to search the mountain for the group. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Climbers were on challenging Bear Mountain route when they were killed in avalanche near Chugiak," 5 Feb. 2021 The men planned to climb the Northwest Couloir, a 2,500 foot steep and narrow gully, and head back down the mountain on the Bear Point hiking trail, the report said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Avalanche carried three men down steep gully Tuesday and killed them, report says," 6 Feb. 2021 That extended to Sunday night, as the same ol' Mahomes has taken the Chiefs to the same ol' place — one Super Bowl victory from the top of the NFL mountain. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Patrick Mahomes leads Chiefs to another Super Bowl with plenty of grit to go with his sizzle," 25 Jan. 2021 No one in power appears to be fretting about the mountain of national debt that’s piling up. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Come on, government. It shouldn’t be this hard getting COVID-19 vaccine into people’s arms," 25 Jan. 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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24 Feb 2021

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“Mountain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 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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