a plateau between the coastal plain and the Appalachian Mountains, including parts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.
Italian Piemonte. a region in NW Italy. 4,540,822; 11,335 sq. mi. (29,360 sq. km).
a city in W California, near Oakland.
(lowercase) a district lying along or near the foot of a mountain range.
(lowercase) lying along or near the foot of a mountain range.

< Italian Piemonte literally, foothill

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piedmont (ˈpiːdmɒnt)
(prenominal) (of glaciers, plains, etc) formed or situated at the foot of a mountain or mountain range
[from Italian piémonte mountain foot]

Piedmont (ˈpiːdmɒnt)
1.  Italian name: Piemonte a region of NW Italy: consists of the upper Po Valley; mainly agricultural. Chief town: Turin. Pop: 4 231 334 (2003 est). Area: 25 399 sq km (9807 sq miles)
2.  a low plateau of the eastern US, between the coastal plain and the Appalachian Mountains

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name given to the fertile upland region along the eastern slope of the Appalachians, 1755, originally piemont, from It. Piemonte, lit. "mountain foot," name of a region in northern Italy, from piede "foot" + monte "mountain." With -d- added by 1855. Applied to similar features of other mountain ranges
by 1860.
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piedmont   (pēd'mŏnt')  Pronunciation Key 
An area of land, glacier, or other feature formed or lying at the foot of a mountain or mountain range.
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Piedmont [(peed-mont)]

The plateau region of the eastern United States extending from New York to Alabama between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic coastal plain. Also a historical region of northwest Italy bound by the Swiss and French Alps. More broadly, any region of foothills.

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in geology, landform created at the foot of a mountain (Italian: ai piede della montagne) or mountains by debris deposited by shifting streams. Such an alluvial region in a humid climate is known as a piedmont for the Piedmont district of Italy; in arid climates such a feature is called a bajada (q.v.).

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