moun·​tain·​top | \ˈmau̇n-tᵊn-ˌtäp \

Definition of mountaintop 

: the summit of a mountain

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Hemings was one of 400 Black people enslaved at the sprawling mountaintop estate—at age 14, she was sent to Paris from Monticello to be a servant to his young daughter during Jefferson’s time there. Samantha Willis, Glamour, "Thomas Jefferson Owned Hundreds of Slaves. Now, a Black Woman Will Run His Foundation.," 29 June 2018 Internet and cellphone service is spotty, the two roads to the outside world are snowed in every winter, and Buddhist monasteries compete with military outposts for prime mountaintop locations. New York Times, "Delivering Amazon Packages to the Top of the World," 2 July 2018 Slabinski, Master Chief Special Warfare Operator, oversaw a daring 2002 assault and rescue mission on a snowy Afghanistan mountaintop and led a reconnaissance team that came under fire. CBS News, "Trump presents Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL," 24 May 2018 Air Force officials believe Chapman later killed two Al Qaeda fighters on the mountaintop – including one in hand-to-hand combat, before being struck by gunfire. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Navy SEAL to receive Medal of Honor for leading assault on snowy Afghanistan mountaintop," 8 May 2018 Few coal mining companies still use mountaintop removal. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Think the Big Banks Have Abandoned Coal? Think Again," 28 May 2018 The Reverend Jeffrey Allen is drawing attention to polluting practices such as mountaintop removal in West Virginia. Tik Root, Newsweek, "An Evangelical Movement Takes On Climate Change," 9 Mar. 2016 On the second half of the hike, the pastures widen to expose lovely views of mountaintops above and towns, buttes and hills far below. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 The only felid in Hawai`i are house cats, tame and feral, found in homes and yards and boat harbors and beach parks and deep in the backs of valleys and high on the summit of mountaintops and basically everywhere. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of mountaintop

circa 1522, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mountaintop was circa 1522

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English Language Learners Definition of mountaintop

: the top of a mountain


moun·​tain·​top | \ˈmau̇n-tᵊn-ˌtäp \

Kids Definition of mountaintop

: the highest part of a mountain

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