- The definition of a butte is a small and steep hill that stands alone in a plain.
An example of a butte is an elevated lookout point in a plain.
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Origin: French mound ; from Old French buter: see butt
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noun Chiefly Western U.S.
Origin: French, from Old French butt, mound behind targets; see butt3.
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