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[mat-er-hawrn] /ˈmæt ərˌhɔrn/
a mountain on the border of Switzerland and Italy, in the Pennine Alps. 14,780 feet (4505 meters).
French Mont Cervin. Unabridged
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  • Friends, we shall come to such places on the Matterhorn of life.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • And she no more lost it than she went to New York that time to climb the Matterhorn.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • My Matterhorn had been climbed, “the pikes of darkness named and stormed.”

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks
  • The stone avalanches of the Matterhorn and Weisshorn are illustrations in point.

  • If he uses his pen for an Alpine stock, the Matterhorn is his.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street

    Grant Martin Overton
  • At 1:40 P.M., the world was at our feet, and the Matterhorn was conquered!

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for Matterhorn


a mountain on the border between Italy and Switzerland, in the Pennine Alps. Height: 4477 m (14 688 ft) French name Mont Cervin Italian name Monte Cervino (ˈmonte tʃerˈviːno)
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Word Origin and History for Matterhorn

Alpine mountain, from German Matte "meadow, pastureland" (see mead (n.2)) + Horn (see horn (n.)). So called for its horn-like shape.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Matterhorn in Culture

Matterhorn definition

Mountain in the Alps on the border of Switzerland and Italy, celebrated for its distinctive shape.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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