butte

butte

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

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

beaut, butte, Butte.
Dictionary.com Unabridged

Butte

[byoot]
noun
a city in SW Montana: mining center.
beaut, butte, Butte.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To butte
Collins
World English Dictionary
butte (bjuːt)
 
n
(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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

butte
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

butte

city, seat (1881) of Silver Bow county, southwestern Montana, U.S., on the western slope of the Continental Divide.

Learn more about Butte with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;