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 To rid itself of the invasive critters, Redondo used helicopters, goats wrapped in plastic, mountaineers armed with rat poison, and protective gear made out of pool noodles and yoga pants, Nat Geo writes. National Geographic, "How many animals are affected by Australia's disaster?," 9 Jan. 2020 That raised concerns that inexperienced mountaineers were being encouraged to attempt the climb by unscrupulous guide companies. Andrew Both, Washington Post, "Veteran climbers skeptical proposed rules for Mount Everest will stop deaths," 24 Dec. 2019 With persistence and a great deal of time, Roche uncovered sections of metal, seatbelts, throttles from the cockpit, a flare pistol and a camera whose film, once developed, showed a murky mountaineer. The Economist, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 2019 For the Redonda Restoration Programme, rewilding has been a more complicated journey involving helicopters, goats wrapped in plastic, mountaineers armed with rat poison, and protective gear made out of pool noodles and yoga pants. National Geographic, "Ravenous wild goats ruled this island for over a century. Now, it's being reborn.," 2 Jan. 2020 With too many mountaineers, too much trash, too many fatalities, Everest has lost its mojo, its mystique. Washington Post, "The British royal family is struggling through scandals. Can ‘The Crown’ help?," 27 Dec. 2019 One of the more ambitious social mountaineers returns next year. Josh Duboff, Town & Country, "The Steps of the Met: A Social History," 4 Dec. 2019 In The End of Ice, journalist and mountaineer Dahr Jamail travels to some of the northernmost inhabited areas in the world to chronicle the encroaching and devastating effects of climate change. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "The Ten Best Science Books of 2019," 11 Dec. 2019 From the wide-open landscapes of the West and the outback, rose up cowboys and sheriffs, rebels and renegades, miners and mountaineers. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "Full transcript: The toasts of President Trump and Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the state dinner for Australia," 21 Sep. 2019

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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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10 Feb 2020

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“Mountaineer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mountaineer

: a person who climbs mountains : a mountain climber


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Kids Definition of mountaineer

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

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