butte

[ byoot ]
/ byut /

noun Western U.S. and Canada.

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

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Origin of butte

1650–60, Americanism;<North American French; French: low hill, mound, Old French: landmark, target, apparently feminine derivative of butbutt2

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH butte

beaut, butte , Butte

Definition for butte (2 of 2)

Butte
[ byoot ]
/ byut /

noun

a city in SW Montana: mining center.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH Butte

beaut, butte, Butte
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British Dictionary definitions for butte

butte
/ (bjuːt) /

noun

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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Scientific definitions for butte

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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