noun, often attributive
moun·​tain | \ ˈmau̇n-tᵊn \

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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Synonyms for mountain


alp, hump, mount, peak

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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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In the mountains, stay at the Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx is the chip the company hopes will scale the performance mountain, reaching the heights that competing Intel Core chips have already surmounted. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx reference laptop is a fresh attempt to be faster," 7 Dec. 2018 In May 2012, as part of a physiology class, Carlson and Visich decided to take students on a trip up Quandary Peak, a Colorado mountain. Ben Guarino, The Verge, "An academic reported sexual harassment. Her university allegedly retaliated," 12 Nov. 2018 The monsoonal moisture that flows into San Diego County during the summer generates lightning that can spark fast-moving wildfires, especially in the mountains, where thunderstorms are most likely to erupt. Gary Robbins,, "Lightning can cause wildfires — and death — in a flash," 8 July 2018 In the Colorado mountains, a wildfire destroyed more than 100 homes, while blazes across the parched U.S. West kept hundreds of other homes under evacuation orders. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Exploding wildfires in US West derail holiday plans," 4 July 2018 This time he's dug in with an artist in the Colorado mountains and one of his prized creations: a unicorn who uses his magic to power an electric car. Rachel Siegel,, "Elon Musk's troubled love of a magical unicorn," 30 June 2018 In February, a plane operated by Iran’s Aseman Airlines crashed into a mountain in southern Iran, killing 66 people and contributing to a downturn in global air-safety performance after no commercial airliner crashed in 2017. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Iranian Military Cargo Plane Crashes Near Tehran," 14 Jan. 2019 Here, the need-to-know news from mountains in Switzerland, France, and Italy. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Biggest Ski News in Europe This Season," 6 Dec. 2018

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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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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 \

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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