- 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.
A butte in the desert.
butte definition by Webster's New World
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a steep hill standing alone in a plain, esp. in the W U.S.; small mesa
Origin: French mound ; from Old French buter: see butt
butte definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun Chiefly Western U.S.
A hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding area and has sloping sides and a flat top.
Origin: French, from Old French butt, mound behind targets; see butt3.
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A city of southwest Montana south-southwest of Helena. It has been a mining center since its settlement in the 1860s and enjoyed its greatest importance after the discovery of copper deposits in 1880. Population: 32,100.
butte - Science Definition
A steep-sided hill with a flat top, often standing alone in an otherwise flat area. A butte is smaller than a mesa.