Butte definition

byo͝ot
A hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding area and has sloping or vertical sides and a flat top.
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(US) An isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top.
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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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A city of southwest Montana south-southwest of Helena. It grew in the late 1800s as a mining town, especially after the discovery of copper.
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A steep, flat-topped hill surrounded by a plain, esp. in the W U.S.; a remnant of a mesa; small mesa.
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A steep-sided hill with a flat top, often standing alone in an otherwise flat area. A butte is smaller than a mesa.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
butte
Plural:
buttes

Origin of butte

  • French from Old French butt mound behind targets butt3

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French butte.

    From Wiktionary