moun·​tain·​eer | \ ˌmau̇n-tə-ˈnir How to pronounce mountaineer (audio) \

Definition of mountaineer

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

Examples of mountaineer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An experienced ski mountaineer can trigger a slope by skiing out on it and zipping back to safety. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Surviving an Avalanche...In 1949," 9 Mar. 2021 The first rescue party, consisting of not less than three persons, preferably 10, sets out immediately under the supervision of an experienced mountaineer. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Surviving an Avalanche...In 1949," 9 Mar. 2021 Douglas, an experienced mountaineer who has spent years in and out of Nepal, covering a Maoist insurgency and writing more than a half-dozen other mountain books, clearly has an affection for this part of the world. New York Times, "Climbing the Himalaya With Soldiers, Spies, Lamas and Mountaineers," 5 Jan. 2021 Douglas, an accomplished mountaineer and the author of eight previous books on the subject, is refreshingly aware of his own romanticizations. Akash Kapur, The New Yorker, "Can We See Past the Myth of the Himalaya?," 18 Jan. 2021 Honnold was one of two people to help Harrington on her successful ascent, the other being her fiancee Adrian Ballinger -- an experienced climber and mountaineer. Ben Church, CNN, "'We should be less afraid to be afraid,' says Emily Harrington after historic El Capitan climb," 18 Dec. 2020 Selena Gomez, who famously dated Justin Bieber and Nick Jonas, recently signed on to play lesbian mountaineer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Hollywood's casting dilemma: Should straight, cisgender actors play LGBTQ characters?," 24 Nov. 2020 Pollard, an amateur mountaineer, compared the task to the work involved in climbing a mountain. Arkansas Online, "Oxford scientists expect covid-19 vaccine data by Christmas," 19 Nov. 2020 There were no dramatic views taken in or heroic photographs snapped when Khimlal Gautam, a 35-year-old Nepali surveyor and mountaineer, climbed to the top of Mount Everest on May 22, 2019. Freddie Wilkinson, National Geographic, "How do you measure Everest? It's complicated by frostbite—and politics.," 28 Sep. 2020

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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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“Mountaineer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mountaineer

: a person who climbs mountains : a mountain climber


moun·​tain·​eer | \ ˌmau̇n-tə-ˈnir How to pronounce mountaineer (audio) \

Kids Definition of mountaineer

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

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