a mountain in E Turkey, near the borders of Iran and Armenia: traditionally considered the landing place of Noah's Ark. 16,945 feet (5165 meters).

Also called Mount Ararat. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • When these lines are delivered to you, I shall be on the route to Ararat.


    George Borrow

  • There was no ark, no Ararat; she was alone, without refuge, on the waste of waters.

    Fairy Fingers

    Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

  • It is more to the purpose for us to inquire where the mountains of Ararat are to be found.

  • It is 13,480 feet above the sea, or about 3000 feet lower than Ararat.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I

    Demetrius Charles Boulger

  • The Marquis of Ararat, minister of the navy, made a similar complaint.

    Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for ararat



an extinct volcanic mountain massif in E Turkey: two main peaks; Great Ararat 5155 m (16 916 ft), said to be the resting place of Noah's Ark after the Flood (Genesis 8:4), and Little Ararat 3914 m (12 843 ft)
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ararat in Culture



The mountain upon which Noah's ark came to rest as the waters of the great flood receded. (See Noah and the Flood.)

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