- a native or inhabitant of Appalachia, especially one of predominantly Scotch-Irish, English, or German ancestry who exemplifies the characteristic cultural traditions of this region.
- a mountain range in E North America, extending from S Quebec province to N Alabama. Highest peak, Mt. Mitchell, 6684 feet (2037 meters).
Examples from the Web for appalachian
Reading the Encyclopedia Brittanica while walking the Appalachian Trail!Smoke ‘Em If You Got A Good Story About ‘Em
June 6, 2014
Rep. Mark Sanford, the Appalachian trail-hopping ex-governor who now represents the city in Congress, spent the day in Washington.South Carolina Republicans Snub Desegregation Judge
April 21, 2014
At 19, she hiked the Appalachian Trail with friends and went to work on a cattle ranch in Texas.Spies, Lies, and Rape in the Air Force: An Undercover Agent's Story
March 4, 2014
To have something like that come out of a small Appalachian town and go somewhere so different is just fantastic.Farmwear Label, Pointer Brand, Hits High Fashion Note
Misty White Sidell
April 30, 2013
With his campaign in turmoil, the former governor might be itching to hit the Appalachian Trail again.Mark Sanford’s Formidable Opponent: Stephen Colbert’s Sister
April 29, 2013
The largest and best is the Appalachian, of which the best known is the Pennsylvania field.Checking the Waste
Mary Huston Gregory
In the United States the largest horizon is that of the Appalachian region.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
The Appalachian ranges have been affected most by the reckless cutting of forests.Our National Forests
Richard H. Douai Boerker
It is not abundant, if found at all, east of the Appalachian mountains.
The range follows the Appalachian mountains from West Virginia southward.
- of, from, or relating to the Appalachian Mountains
- geology of or relating to an episode of mountain building in the late Palaeozoic era during which the Appalachian Mountains were formed
- a mountain system of E North America, extending from Quebec province in Canada to central Alabama in the US: contains rich deposits of anthracite, bitumen, and iron ore. Highest peak: Mount Mitchell, 2038 m (6684 ft)
Word Origin and History for appalachian
in reference to the North American mountain range, c.1600, Mountaynes Apalatsi; written apalachen by Spanish explorers and originally in reference only to the southern end of the range. Originally the name of the Apalachee, a Muskogean people of northwestern Florida, perhaps from Apalachee abalahci "other side of the river" or Hitchiti (Muskogean) apalwahči "dwelling on one side." Spelling shifted under influence of adjectives in -ian.