Snow covered mountains.
- An example of a mountain is Mount Olympus.
- An example of a mountain is a bowl with 10 large scoops of ice cream in it, a mountain of ice cream.
- a natural elevation of the earth's surface, typically larger and steeper than a hill
- [pl.] a chain or group of such elevations
- a large pile, heap, or mound
- a very large amount
Origin of mountainMiddle English montaine from Old French montaigne from Vulgar Latin an unverified form montanea, for Classical Latin montana from montanus, mountainous from mons: see mount
- of a mountain or mountains
- situated, living, or used in the mountains
Origin of mountaintransl. of Fr la Montagne
- Abbr. Mt. or Mtn. A natural elevation of the earth's surface having considerable mass, generally steep sides, and a height greater than that of a hill.
- a. A large heap: a mountain of laundry.b. A huge quantity: a mountain of trouble.
Origin of mountainMiddle English mountaine from Old French montaigne, muntaigne from Vulgar Latin montānea from feminine of montāneus of a mountain from Latin montānus from mōns mont- mountain ; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A large mass of earth and rock, rising above the common level of the earth or adjacent land, usually given by geographers as above 1000 feet in height (304.8 metres), though such masses may still be described as hills in comparison with larger mountains.
- Everest is the highest mountain in the world.
- We spent the weekend hiking in the mountains.
- A large amount.
- There's still a mountain of work to do.
- (figuratively) A difficult task or challenge.
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman muntaine, from Vulgar Latin *montÄnea, feminine of *montÄneus (“mountainous"), alteration of Latin montÄnus, from mÅns, from Proto-Indo-European *monti (compare Welsh mynydd (“mountain"), Albanian mat (“bank, shore"), Avestan [script?] [script?] (mati, “promontory")), from Proto-Indo-European *men- (“to project, stick out"). More at menace.