mountain

noun, often attributive moun·tain \ ˈmau̇n-tᵊn \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of mountain

1 a :a landmass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is higher than a hill
  • The sun set behind the mountains.
b :an elongated ridge
2 a :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

  1. She watched the sun set behind the mountains.

  2. a cabin in the mountains

  3. They both like mountain climbing.

  4. We've received a mountain of mail.

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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



MOUNTAIN Defined for English Language Learners

mountain

noun

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

mountain

noun moun·tain \ ˈmau̇n-tᵊn \

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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