land·​slide | \ ˈlan(d)-ˌslīd How to pronounce landslide (audio) \

Definition of landslide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the usually rapid downward movement of a mass of rock, earth, or artificial fill on a slope also : the mass that moves down
2a : a great majority of votes for one side
b : an overwhelming victory


landslid\ ˈlan(d)-​ˌslid How to pronounce landslide (audio) \; landsliding\ ˈlan(d)-​ˌslī-​diŋ How to pronounce landslide (audio) \

Definition of landslide (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to produce a landslide
2 : to win an election by a heavy majority

Examples of landslide in a Sentence

Noun The earthquake triggered a landslide. They were buried under the landslide. The presidential election turned out to be one of the biggest landslides in history. She won the election by a landslide.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The city voted in favor of recalling Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, but not by a landslide. Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2021 The whole episode has been a stunning change of fortune for a governor who won his 2018 election by a landslide and was once considered to be on Democrats’ short list of future presidential candidates. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Sep. 2021 Cox lost big to Newsom in 2018, gaining 38 percent of the vote and losing by a landslide of nearly 24 points. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Sep. 2021 After serving out the remaining four years of Dirksen’s unexpired term, Mr. Stevenson was reelected by a landslide in 1974 to a full six-year term., 8 Sep. 2021 Davis was confident that voters would turn out for the governor, who won by a landslide in the 2018 general election. Anna Wiene, The New Yorker, 8 Sep. 2021 After serving out the remaining four years of Mr. Dirksen’s unexpired term, Mr. Stevenson was re-elected by a landslide in 1974 to a full six-year term. New York Times, 7 Sep. 2021 An unofficial vote count indicates Musharraf has won by a landslide in a presidential election. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 4 Aug. 2021 By Saturday evening, authorities were estimating that as many as 80 homes in Atami had been crushed, buried or washed away by the landslide. Washington Post, 3 July 2021

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First Known Use of landslide


1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Landslide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of landslide

: a large mass of rocks and earth that suddenly and quickly moves down the side of a mountain or hill
: an election in which the winner gets a much greater number of votes than the loser


land·​slide | \ ˈland-ˌslīd How to pronounce landslide (audio) \

Kids Definition of landslide

1 : the sudden and rapid downward movement of a mass of rocks or earth on a steep slope
2 : the material that moves in a landslide
3 : the winning of an election by a very large number of votes


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