[ byoot ]
/ byut /

noun Western U.S. and Canada.

an isolated hill or mountain rising abruptly above the surrounding land.

Nearby words

  1. butt weld,
  2. butt-dial,
  3. butt-fuck,
  4. butt-fucker,
  5. buttals,
  6. butter,
  7. butter bean,
  8. butter brickle,
  9. butter clam,
  10. butter cookie

Origin of butte

1650–60, Americanism; < North American French; French: low hill, mound, Old French: landmark, target, apparently feminine derivative of but butt2

Can be confusedbeaut butte Butte


[ byoot ]
/ byut /


a city in SW Montana: mining center.
Can be confusedbeaut butte Butte

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British Dictionary definitions for butte


/ (bjuːt) /


Western US and Canadian an isolated steep-sided flat-topped hill

Word Origin for butte

C19: from French, from Old French bute mound behind a target, from but target; see butt ²

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Word Origin and History for butte



1805, American English, from French butte, from Old French but "mound, knoll" (see butt (n.3)). A French word introduced in Lewis & Clark's journals.

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Science definitions for butte


[ byōōt ]

A steep-sided hill with a flat top, often standing alone in an otherwise flat area. A butte is smaller than a mesa.
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