Definition of


  1. (noun, object) a land mass that projects well above its surroundings; higher than a hill
  2. (noun, quantity) (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    a deal of trouble
    a lot of money
    he made a mint on the stock market
    see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
    it must have cost plenty
    a slew of journalists
    a wad of money

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Origin of the word Mountain

  1. c.1200, from O.Fr. montaigne, from V.L. *montanea "mountain, mountain region," lit. fem. of *montaneus "of a mountain, mountainous," from L. montanus "mountainous," from mons (gen. montis) "mountain" (see mount (n.)). Until 18c., applied to a fairly low elevation if it was prominent (e.g. Sussex Downs, the hills around Paris). Mounta… more

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