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 As the jeep curled down the mountain and into the village, his hands began to tremble. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?," 27 Apr. 2021 The 50-year-old man eventually walked down the mountain with assistance from the rescue team, Overton said. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain closed after bees sting man, Phoenix firefighter," 18 Apr. 2021 First responders lit a fire and warmed up the family before leading them back down the mountain., "Maine wardens rescue N.J. family lost on mountain; man saved after plunging into water during hike," 5 Apr. 2021 Hours after bursting through, lava had traveled about six-tenths of a mile down the mountain and covered an area around one-third of a mile wide, according to the meteorological department’s website. Washington Post, "Long dormant Iceland volcano erupts for first time in 6,000 years," 20 Mar. 2021 Closing one eye, Brooks carefully aims, squeezes the trigger, and in an explosion of sound and motion, the bear darts down the mountain and out of view, leaving us to wait for that telltale sign—a low, painful echo of a bruin’s last breath. Ben Romans, Outdoor Life, "Idaho Black Bear Hunting Offers a Close-to-Home Adventure," 9 Mar. 2021 Sergio grabbed the camera from us and took it down the mountain. Angela Dawson, Forbes, "Filmmakers Get To The Root Of ‘The Truffle Hunters’," 3 Mar. 2021 At 18 months, Hannah Soar was on her first pair of tiny plastic skis, guided down the mountain between her parents’ legs. Lori Riley,, "From snowbanks to moguls, Olympic hopeful Hannah Soar has become one of the world’s best," 28 Feb. 2021 Picture a canyon that’s so steep and narrow and gets so much snow that avalanches can come cascading down the mountain and cover parking lots, roadways, and even buildings. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "The Ups and Downs of My Interlodge Ski Saga," 27 Feb. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Mountain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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