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Mount Everest

Everest (def 1).
something regarded as the most difficult or challenging of its kind:
the Mount Everest of international sailing.


[ev-er-ist, ev-rist] /ˈɛv ər ɪst, ˈɛv rɪst/
Mount, a mountain in S Asia, on the boundary between Nepal and Tibet, in the Himalayas: the highest mountain in the world. 29,028 feet (8848 meters).
high point; summit:
The book is an Everest in the field of historical scholarship.
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • This is the incalculable good which the ascent of Mount Everest will confer.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • But if there is no use, there is unquestionably good in climbing Mount Everest.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • One of these peaks in Chile is nearly five miles high—the highest on the globe except Mount Everest.

    Birdseye Views of Far Lands James T. Nichols
  • The ascent of Mount Everest, we believe, will be a big step in that direction.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • He did recall that Mount Everest was 29,000 feet up and that it snowed up there.

British Dictionary definitions for Mount Everest


Mount Everest, a mountain in S Asia on the border between Nepal and Tibet, in the Himalayas: the highest mountain in the world; first climbed by members of a British-led expedition (1953). Height: established as 8848 m (29 028 ft) for many years, but the latest of a series of more recent reassessments (in 1999), not currently accepted by all authorities or by either of the controlling governments, puts it at 8850 m (29 035 ft) Nepalese name Sagarmatha Chinese names Qomolangma, Chomolungma
any high point of ambition or achievement
Word Origin
C19: named after Sir G. Everest (1790–1866), Surveyor-General of India
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Word Origin and History for Mount Everest



mountain between Nepal and Tibet, named 1865 for Sir George Everest (1790-1866), surveyor-general of India. The Tibetan name is Chomolangma "mother goddess of the world."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Mount Everest in Culture

Mount Everest definition

Mountain on the border of Tibet and Nepal in the central Himalayas.

Note: At over 29,000 feet, it is the highest peak in the world.
Note: It was first scaled in 1953 by Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal.
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