[ him-uh-ley-uh z, hi-mahl-yuh z ]
/ ˌhɪm əˈleɪ əz, hɪˈmɑl yəz /


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.


Him·a·la·yan, adjectivesub-Him·a·la·yan, adjectivetrans-Him·a·lay·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for himalayan (1 of 2)

/ (ˌhɪməˈleɪən) /


of or relating to the Himalayas or their inhabitants

British Dictionary definitions for himalayan (2 of 2)



/ (ˌhɪməˈleɪəz, hɪˈmɑːljəz) /

pl n

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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Cultural definitions for himalayan

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

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

notes for Himalayas

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