moun·​tain·​eer | \ ˌmau̇n-tə-ˈnir \

Definition of mountaineer

1 : a native or inhabitant of a mountainous region
2 : a person who climbs mountains for sport

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While the rest of our team—composed of African mountaineers, photographers, and guides—sped down Nyiragongo’s rocky slopes, Vilane, a 47-year-old South African, and I, a 35-year-old magazine editor from New York, set a steady pace together in back. Jessica Flint, Outside Online, "Meet the First Black Man to Summit Everest," 7 May 2018 Later Saturday, guides cut a pathway through the debris field and climbers continued up the route, said Calvin Sherstan, a longtime mountaineer who was making his fifth ascent of Mount Rainier. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "‘This would have been an unsurvivable event’: When a glacier crumbles on Mount Rainier," 12 July 2018 While the pants were certainly bright and the mountaineer footwear was an outré choice for date night, the curious standout here was Jenner’s oversize t-shirt. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Is the Same Age As Her Vintage Shaggy T-Shirt," 25 July 2018 In May 2006, 50-year-old Australian mountaineer Lincoln Hall climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Miraculous Rescues," 4 Nov. 2010 For ideas, look to the pros: early Alpine mountaineers. Vogue, "Day 12: Embrace the Cold," 12 Nov. 2018 Photo: Acey Harper/Getty Images My parents were mountaineers who liked packing their backpacks and heading up to the White Cloud Mountains on the weekends to fish. WSJ, "Skier Picabo Street Used Anger to Banish Fear and Become an Olympic Champion," 30 Oct. 2018 For mountaineers who scale Everest, there is no place higher to summit. Phil Davison,, "Donald Ritchie, 73, record-setting ultrarunner," 30 June 2018 For mountaineers who scale Everest, there is no place higher to summit. Phil Davison,, "Donald Ritchie, 73, record-setting ultrarunner," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of mountaineer

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mountaineer was circa 1616

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English Language Learners Definition of mountaineer

: a person who climbs mountains : a mountain climber


moun·​tain·​eer | \ ˌmau̇n-tə-ˈnir \

Kids Definition of mountaineer

1 : a person who lives in the mountains
2 : a mountain climber

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