noun Western U.S. and Canada.
an isolated hill or mountain rising abruptly above the surrounding land.

1650–60, Americanism; < North American French; French: low hill, mound, Old French: landmark, target, apparently feminine derivative of but butt2

beaut, butte, Butte.
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a city in SW Montana: mining center.
beaut, butte, Butte.
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butte (bjuːt)
(Western US), (Canadian) an isolated steep-sided flat-topped hill
[C19: from French, from Old French bute mound behind a target, from but target; see butt²]

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Word Origin & History

1805, Amer.Eng., from Fr. butte, from O.Fr. but "mound, knoll" (see butt (n.3)). A French word introduced in Lewis & Clark's journals.
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butte   (byt)  Pronunciation Key 
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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city, seat (1881) of Silver Bow county, southwestern Montana, U.S., on the western slope of the Continental Divide.

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