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[hil-uh k] /ˈhɪl ək/
a small hill.
Origin of hillock
First recorded in 1350-1400, hillock is from the Middle English word hilloc. See hill, -ock
Related forms
hillocked, hillocky, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The church was built on a hillock, which sloped down gently to the village.

  • The lofty nest, or Termitarium, constitutes a hillock in the form of a cupola.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • Mikel whispered to me, "The bear sleeps under that hillock of snow."

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
  • And again I sat on a hillock and surrendered to the most doleful meditations.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • The ruins of two temples stand on a hillock rising from the Indus.

  • "That's the knoll," said Addison, pointing to a hillock among the trees.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • And this hillock itself—who could paint it,With its changes of shadow and light?

  • "It will seem soft as down," she replied, and seated herself on the hillock.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham
  • “Then he was the person I saw at the top of the hillock out there,” observed Loraine.

    The Frontier Fort W. H. G. Kingston
  • He was only undecided as to which side of the hillock he should pass by on his way to the pond.

    The Gorilla Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for hillock


a small hill or mound
Derived Forms
hillocked, hillocky, adjective
Word Origin
C14 hilloc, from hill + -ock
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Word Origin and History for hillock

late 14c., hilloc "small hill" (c.1200 as a surname), from hill + Middle English diminutive suffix -oc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hillock in Medicine

hillock hill·ock (hĭl'ək)
A small protuberance or elevation, as from an organ, a tissue, or other structure.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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