noun, often attributive
moun·​tain | \ ˈmau̇n-tᵊn How to pronounce mountain (audio) \

Definition of mountain

1a : a landmass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is higher than a hill The sun set behind the mountains.
b : an elongated ridge
2a : a great mass a mountain of a man— E. K. Brown
b : a vast number or quantity a mountain of mail a mountain of debt

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Examples of mountain in a Sentence

She watched the sun set behind the mountains. a cabin in the mountains They both like mountain climbing. We've received a mountain of mail.
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Recent Examples on the Web Perles is posed on a chair with the Matterhorn mountain over his shoulder, the little cable cars riding along. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "George Perles flashback: Remembering Michigan State football's trip to 1988 Rose Bowl," 8 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, the mountains are expected to get pounded with a hefty batch of fresh powder: Multiple feet of snow is expected at Timberline Lodge, for example. oregonlive, "Will Portland get snow next week? It’s too early to say for sure," 8 Jan. 2020 By Sunday evening, the sun was beginning to dip below the mountains to the west and a chill set in. Chase Hunter, azcentral, "Parents camp out 36 hours to register for Glendale's top-ranked Sunnyslope High School," 5 Jan. 2020 As a girl, she was haunted by a photo her grandmother showed her of the pile of stones where her grandfather was buried beneath a small marker in the remote mountains. NBC News, "Skeleton identified as Japanese American artist who left California internment camp," 4 Jan. 2020 Thursday’s crash in mountains outside the capital of Taipei killed eight people, including chief of the general staff Gen. Shen Yi-ming., "News of the Day From Around the World, Jan. 3," 3 Jan. 2020 In 2020, tour operator Wilderness Ireland is launching a new group trip designed around trekking the highest peaks of the Emerald Isle, including Carrauntoohil—the tallest mountain in the country. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Solo Vacations to Take in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 Manufacturer STI introduced its Staccato-P DUO just one short year ago, and that pistol has almost single-handily converted mountains of Glock shooters to the 2011 platform. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "Best Guns of the Decade," 2 Jan. 2020 Across the state and to the mountains in the west, another venture is making strides. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Tired of waiting for broadband, rural communities are tapping grants, partnerships to get modern internet," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of mountain

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mountain

Middle English, from Anglo-French muntaine, from Vulgar Latin *montanea, from feminine of *montaneus of a mountain, alteration of Latin montanus, from mont-, mons

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The first known use of mountain was in the 13th century

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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mountain.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mountain

: an area of land that rises very high above the land around it and that is higher than a hill
: a very large amount of something


moun·​tain | \ ˈmau̇n-tᵊn How to pronounce mountain (audio) \

Kids Definition of mountain

1 : a raised area of land higher than a hill
2 : a great mass or huge number a mountain of mail

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