Definition of mountain
1 a : a landmass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is higher than a hill b : an elongated ridge
2 a : a great mass b : a vast number or quantity
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.
Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 13th century
MOUNTAIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mountain for English Language Learners
: 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
MOUNTAIN Defined for Kids
Definition of mountain for Students
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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