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 Many resorts are limiting lift ticket sales, so guests are advised to purchase their tickets online before arrival to ensure a ride to the top of the mountain. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 The Red Hill facility holds 20 giant underground tanks built into the side of a mountain during World War II. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher And Audrey Mcavoy, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2022 Without the appropriate equipment, El Dorado County Animal Services officials could not access the area where the dog was last seen, which was under a tree in a steep portion of a mountain, Allen said. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Jan. 2022 In another picture from her gallery, Moore and Goldsmith pose with friends by the ocean, while in the next photo, Moore stands on top of a mountain with a pal. Greta Bjornson,, 1 Jan. 2022 There are a number of routes to the top of the mountain, with paths suited to most abilities looking to take on the climb. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Now, under the weight of a mountain of bad PR, one wonders if the world will want it. Matthew Herper, STAT, 20 Dec. 2021 Apogee House stretches an impressive 75 feet end-to-end, features a clear acrylic bottom and literally hangs off the side of the mountain. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 14 Dec. 2021 At the end of that first musical number, after the cops have broken up a fight, the Jets sing their victory song as kings of the mountain on top of a pile of rubble. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 9 Dec. 2021

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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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19 Jan 2022

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“Mountain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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