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[him-uh-ley-uh z, hi-mahl-yuh z] /ˌhɪm əˈleɪ əz, hɪˈmɑl yəz/
the, a mountain range extending about 1500 miles (2400 km) along the border between India and Tibet. Highest peak, Mt. Everest, 29,028 feet (8848 meters).
Also called the Himalaya, Himalaya Mountains.
Related forms
Himalayan, adjective
sub-Himalayan, adjective
trans-Himalayan, adjective Unabridged
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  • The Himalayas are not a line, but a great country of mountains.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • My trip to the Himalayas and all incidents of the past two years were providential.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • How would I like to go with him to the Himalayas, I was asked.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • Also those of the Indian peninsula as compared with the Himalayas.

  • The Himalayas present a grand spectacle when seen from the south.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • If you care for geology, there is work for you from the Himalayas to Ceylon.

  • En route for the grand mountains of Imaus—the stupendous chain of the Himalayas!

    Bruin Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for Himalayas


/ˌhɪməˈleɪəz; hɪˈmɑːljəz/
plural noun
the Himalayas, a vast mountain system in S Asia, extending 2400 km (1500 miles) from Kashmir (west) to Assam (east), between the valleys of the Rivers Indus and Brahmaputra: covers most of Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, and the S edge of Tibet; the highest range in the world, with several peaks over 7500 m (25 000 ft). Highest peak: Mount Everest, 8848 m (29 028 ft)
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Himalayas in Culture
Himalayas [(him-uh-lay-uhz, huh-mahl-yuhz)]

Mountain range in Asia, extending east through Pakistan, India, China (Tibet), Nepal, and Bhutan.

Note: The Himalayas contain the world's highest mountains, including Mount Everest.
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