moun·​tain·​ous | \ ˈmau̇n-tə-nəs How to pronounce mountainous (audio) , ˈmau̇nt-nəs \

Definition of mountainous

1 : containing many mountains
2 : resembling a mountain : huge

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Other Words from mountainous

mountainously adverb
mountainousness noun

Examples of mountainous in a Sentence

the seemingly mountainous obstacles he had to overcome while growing up
Recent Examples on the Web This month, Taliban forces seized Badakhshan, the province that reaches the mountainous Chinese border through the Wakhan Corridor. New York Times, 15 July 2021 They were followed by some 200 people hiking the mountainous trails and searching the ravines downhill from the trails where Kreycik may have fallen or sought water or shelter from the heat. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 July 2021 After seizing about one-third of Afghanistan’s districts in this summer’s offensive, the Taliban this week swept through the northeastern Badakhshan province, reaching the mountainous border with China’s Xinjiang region. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 8 July 2021 Many come from within the surrounding mountainous territory. Sam Kiley, CNN, 7 July 2021 The mountainous park is known for snow slides and avalanches. Michael Goldstein, Forbes, 5 July 2021 In Sikkim State, in the mountainous northeast near Bhutan and Tibet, the Himalayan hiking is said to be world-class but still do-able by mere mortals. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, 29 June 2021 On May 31, crews rescued two people whose Cessna 182 had crashed three days earlier in a remote, mountainous part of Wrangell-St. Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2021 The emergency, brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, shut down jury trials for months and caused mountainous backlogs of criminal and civil cases in courthouses across the state. Bill Rankin, ajc, 7 June 2021

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First Known Use of mountainous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mountainous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mountainous

: having many mountains
: extremely large


moun·​tain·​ous | \ ˈmau̇n-tə-nəs How to pronounce mountainous (audio) \

Kids Definition of mountainous

1 : having many mountains mountainous country
2 : like a mountain in size : huge a mountainous pile

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