- an isolated hill or mountain rising abruptly above the surrounding land.
Origin of butte
- a city in SW Montana: mining center.
Examples from the Web for butte
A week ago, Amanda Curtis was a just math teacher from Butte with a TED talk.Meet Montana's Nose-Ringed Candidate for the U.S. Senate
August 15, 2014
Tedford spotted Rodgers while recruiting another Butte player, but Rodgers still wears Butte jerseys.Aaron Rodgers: the NFL’s Best Quarterback of All Time
January 15, 2012
In the end, conduct that might not fly in Butte could draw a fugghedaboudit in Brooklyn.Anthony Weiner's Scramble to Save His House Seat
June 8, 2011
The lawyer left them at the next station to wait for a train back to Butte.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Really, Miss Della, she's the most famous cow in Butte, just now.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
She followed cautiously, and under a butte far from the Hen she found Jake's camp.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
And Peabody he writes to his lawyer friend in Butte, Montana.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
You see, our train is going on a line with that butte behind us and the sun.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
- Western US and Canadian an isolated steep-sided flat-topped hill
Word Origin and History for butte
1805, American English, from French butte, from Old French but "mound, knoll" (see butt (n.3)). A French word introduced in Lewis & Clark's journals.
- A steep-sided hill with a flat top, often standing alone in an otherwise flat area. A butte is smaller than a mesa.