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.
Recent Examples on the Web However, the heat records broken in California and Oregon occurred in the inland mountain and desert regions, which are more sparsely populated. Christopher Hickey, CNN, 21 Sep. 2022 The farm has u-pick pumpkins, a five-acre corn maze, a kiddie corn maze, a cotton pit, a corn crib, a playground area with straw mountain and slides, concessions and more. The Courier-Journal, 19 Sep. 2022 Forecasters said the weather system will spread rain down the state's central coast but little if any is expected in most of Southern California, where mountain and desert communities are dealing with the aftermath of too much rain. Becky Bohrer, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2022 Born in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, Simonova had a keen interest in sports and excelled in both mountain climbing and karate. Inna Varenytsia, ajc, 17 Sep. 2022 Train rides, slides, a jumping pillow, carousel, pedal karts, playground, tire mountain and haunted house are all included with the price of admission. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022 In addition to advocating for women in sports, Ms. Hult was active in general and spent time skiing and mountain climbing. Maya Lora, Baltimore Sun, 16 Sep. 2022 Officials braced for flooding in coastal and mountain areas from the storm and feared powerful winds could expand the Fairview Fire about 75 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Arkansas Online, 11 Sep. 2022 Officials warned of flooding in coastal and mountain areas, with some inland areas receiving several inches from now Post-Tropical Cyclone Kay. Julia Musto, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2022 See More

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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 montaine, monteine, mounteyne, borrowed from Anglo-French muntaine, monteigne, mountaigne "elevated region, mountain range, mountain" (also continental Old French, Middle French montagne), going back to Vulgar Latin *montānea, from Latin mont-, mons "mountain, hill" + Vulgar Latin *-ānea, collective suffix, from neuter plural of Latin -āneus (from -ānus -an entry 2 + -eus -eous)

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“Mountain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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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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