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>
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.
Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 13th century
MOUNTAIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mountain for English Language Learners
: 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
MOUNTAIN Defined for Kids
Definition of mountain for Students
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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