moun·​tain·​eer ˌmau̇n-tə-ˈnir How to pronounce mountaineer (audio)
: a native or inhabitant of a mountainous region
: a person who climbs mountains for sport

Examples of mountaineer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Equipped with the latest gear and a thirst for adventure, mountaineers embrace the perils that come with conquering the world’s highest peaks. Brian Strickland, Discover Magazine, 9 Mar. 2024 Rafael Moran, a reporter for Los Andes, a daily newspaper in Mendoza, interviewed the mountaineers near the pool. John Branch, New York Times, 9 Dec. 2023 But in 1960, the mountaineer found himself on quite a different mission. Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 18 Jan. 2024 Reinhardt had found the remains with Peruvian mountaineer Miguel Zárate at an altitude of 21,000 feet (6,400 meters) during an expedition to Ampato, one of the highest volcanos in the Andes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 Dec. 2023 In the early days after restoration, the iron routes of the Dolomites were primarily used by skilled mountaineers. Shoshi Parks, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Feb. 2024 This length is most often used by mountaineers due to the use of taller boots that can rub against your calves and shins more dramatically. Meg Carney, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 His screen energy is more like Mike Rowe, the affable frontman of Discovery’s Dirty Jobs, or Scottish mountaineer Cameron McNeish. Vulture, 5 Jan. 2024 Such mass upward migrations do not interest blue-collar mountaineers like these. John Branch, New York Times, 1 Dec. 2023

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Word History


mountain + -eer

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mountaineer was circa 1616

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“Mountaineer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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moun·​tain·​eer ˌmau̇nt-ᵊn-ˈi(ə)r How to pronounce mountaineer (audio)
: a person who lives in the mountains
: a mountain climber
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