[him-uh-ley-uh z, hi-mahl-yuh z]


the, a mountain range extending about 1500 miles (2400 km) along the border between India and Tibet. Highest peak, Mt. Everest, 29,028 feet (8848 meters).

Also called the Him·a·la·ya, Himalaya Mountains.
Related formsHim·a·la·yan, adjectivesub-Him·a·la·yan, adjectivetrans-Him·a·lay·an, adjective
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  • An engineering party contemplates a trip to the Himalaya Mountains.

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • The guide's likeness to that bandit who died in Himalaya camp was most striking.

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • I saw also in London panoramas of Athens and the Himalaya mountains.

  • The goats are grown for their wool in the vale of Cashmere in the Himalaya Mountains.


    William H. Dooley

  • Often in the Himalaya I have watched an eagle circling overhead.

    The Heart of Nature

    Francis Younghusband

British Dictionary definitions for himalaya



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the Himalayas a vast mountain system in S Asia, extending 2400 km (1500 miles) from Kashmir (west) to Assam (east), between the valleys of the Rivers Indus and Brahmaputra: covers most of Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, and the S edge of Tibet; the highest range in the world, with several peaks over 7500 m (25 000 ft). Highest peak: Mount Everest, 8848 m (29 028 ft)
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Word Origin and History for himalaya


from Sanskrit himalayah, literally "abode of snow," from hima "snow" (see hibernation) + alaya "abode." Related: Himalayas; Himalayan.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

himalaya in Culture


[(him-uh-lay-uhz, huh-mahl-yuhz)]

Mountain range in Asia, extending east through Pakistan, India, China (Tibet), Nepal, and Bhutan.


The Himalayas contain the world's highest mountains, including Mount Everest.
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