plural noun

a mountain range in W South America, extending about 4500 miles (7250 km) from N Colombia and Venezuela S to Cape Horn. Highest peak, Aconcagua, 22,834 feet (6960 meters). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for andes

sierra, chain, range, Alps, Himalayas, Rockies, cordillera, massif

Examples from the Web for andes

Contemporary Examples of andes

Historical Examples of andes

  • And the priest of whom Sorez spoke––could it be he who ruled these tribes in the Andes?

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • They seemed to meet together and cross the chain of the Andes.

  • They form pinnacles of the great range of the Andes and the Rocky Mountains.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Their proper and native place is on the higher plains of the Andes.

  • Ponchos are woven out of alpaco-wool by the Indians of the Andes.

British Dictionary definitions for andes


pl n

a major mountain system of South America, extending for about 7250 km (4500 miles) along the entire W coast, with several parallel ranges or cordilleras and many volcanic peaks: rich in minerals, including gold, silver, copper, iron ore, and nitrates. Average height: 3900 m (13 000 ft). Highest peak: Aconcagua, 6960 m (22 835 ft)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for andes


from Quechua andi "high crest."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

andes in Culture



Mountain system in South America running over 4,500 miles along the entire length of South America's Pacific Ocean coast.

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