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 Expect gusts to 55 mph over the mountains and 45 mph over the valleys. Jaclyn Cosgrovestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Crews work to restore power after winds rip through Los Angeles," 3 Feb. 2020 Situated in the shadow of a mountain, Edda appears diseased. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok," 31 Jan. 2020 The warm glow of dawn was breaking over the mountains to the north of Tehran. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 The tree runs off Chair 4 on the back side of the mountain are full of fun powder stashes. Gregory Thomas,, "A skier’s guide to Kirkwood Resort in Tahoe," 27 Jan. 2020 For my husband, that meant getting rid of the mountain of receipts on his dresser. NBC News, "How redesigning our master bedroom gave my marriage a boost," 19 Jan. 2020 Male was too high of a mountain to climb for Collegiate, which made its LIT debut for the first time since 2013. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Punches are thrown following Seneca's win over Doss at the Louisville Invitational," 13 Jan. 2020 The shuttering of the sacred mountain to hikers has helped refocus travelers’ attention. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Honeymoon in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 Upon returning to the base of the mountain, Grubaz was transported to the Timberline Lodge where an ambulance waited to take him to the hospital, police said. Claudia Harmata,, "Teen Rock Climber Survives 500-ft Fall While Hiking in Oregon: 'He's in Good Spirits'," 31 Dec. 2019

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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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8 Feb 2020

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“Mountain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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