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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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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“Mountain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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