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[foo t-hil] /ˈfʊtˌhɪl/
a low hill at the base of a mountain or mountain range.
Origin of foothill
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50; foot + hill Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And behind her, like a foothill in the shadow of a mountain, was Laban.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The lower third of the mountains, that is, the foothill section, is only tree-dotted.

    Wild Life on the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • It was not many days after my arrival in the foothill country that I began to hear of Gwen.

    The Sky Pilot Ralph Connor
  • The foothill Indians were not a particularly intelligent lot.

    Down the Mother Lode Vivia Hemphill
  • My cattle are so pore I'll have to winter 'em on foothill winter feed.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • Neither had he an interest in the foothill country to the west.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • "Flo, after a while persuade Carley to ride with you to the top of this first foothill," said Glenn.

  • To Carley's surprise, she found herself upon the knob of the foothill.

  • Moreover, I might climb a foothill or bluff from which I could get my bearings.

    The Young Forester Zane Grey
  • A continually changing panorama of mountain and foothill shifted before them.

British Dictionary definitions for foothill


(often pl) a lower slope of a mountain or a relatively low hill at the foot of a mountain
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Word Origin and History for foothill

"a hill that leads up to a mountain," 1850, American English, from foot (n.) + hill.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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