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 The mountains of moolah — $22.4 million in the fourth quarter of last year alone — come after the 2018 election in Texas produced a gusher in its own right. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "More than $62M in campaign cash flowed to Texas congressional races in 2019 — a 37% increase over last cycle," 17 Feb. 2020 After spending the day in the mountains, treat yourself to mountain music and food at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall. Verna Gates, al, "How to spend a romantic weekend in Asheville," 17 Feb. 2020 Mike Adams survived his fall on the mountain, with the help of Portland Mountain Rescue. oregonlive, "Sheriff plans to dismantle Mount Hood search-and-rescue tradition," 15 Feb. 2020 The mountain, about 150 miles southeast of Sacramento, was the focus of Mr. McCoy’s life for more than six decades., "Dave McCoy, who gave skiers Mammoth Mountain, dies at 104," 13 Feb. 2020 Because participation is capped to limit the impact on the 3,022-foot mountain, runners without priority status must enter a lottery. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon adopts new entry rules to address growing popularity of the Seward mountain race," 12 Feb. 2020 And its allure endures: 2,000 acres of skiable mountain terrain — including Bald Mountain, a perfect-pitch vertical slope; beginner downhill tracks; and trails designed for kids. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, "If you’re a celeb hunter, Idaho’s Sun Valley might appeal. But in McCall, nature is the star.," 12 Feb. 2020 The vault is set deep inside a mountain, accessed by a 400 feet long tunnel. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Cherokees become the first US-based tribe to deposit traditional heirloom seeds in the Arctic vault," 5 Feb. 2020 Run out of a suburban office park near Salt Lake City, with a view of the Wasatch mountains, the 30-person appeals company has filed thousands of wilderness therapy insurance appeals since 2015. Popular Science, "There isn’t much science supporting wilderness therapy for teens," 30 Jan. 2020

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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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22 Feb 2020

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“Mountain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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