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[ him-uh-ley-uhz, hi-mahl-yuhz ]

plural noun

  1. the Himalayas, a mountain range extending about 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) along the border between India and Tibet. Highest peak, Mt. Everest, 29,028 feet (8,848 meters).


/ hɪˈmɑːljəz; ˌhɪməˈleɪəz /

plural noun

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

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

  • Hima·layan adjective
  • sub-Him·a·layan adjective
  • trans-Him·a·layan adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Himalayas1

First recorded in 1835–40; from Sanskrit Himālaya, equivalent to hima “snow” + ālaya “dwelling, abode” + -s 3( def )
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Example Sentences

In Tibet, Ophiocordyceps sinensis and its host moth larvae are methodically plucked from the foothills of the Himalayas.

In normal times, when he’s not ski-touring around his home in the Cascades, Villanueva is bagging first ascents throughout the Himalayas and appearing in ski films.

Remarkably, the Himalayas were visible from Punjab for the first time in 30 years.

From Fortune

Racing pays the bills and keeps his sponsors satisfied, but he’s happiest alone, tackling some epic enchainment near his home in Romsdal, Norway, or bringing his skills and experience to 8,000-meter peaks in the Himalayas.

India and China, nuclear powers with two of the world’s largest militaries, are locked in a monthslong standoff in the Himalayas, with no evidence that tensions are easing.

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Next step: Sykes will trek in the Himalayas to discover a live yeti.

A group of mountaineers in the Himalayas died in a horrifying massacre.

Temperatures throughout the Himalayas are, on average, rising, and the mountains are falling apart in the warming atmosphere.

I saw there a fine collection of stuffed birds, which he had brought himself from the Himalayas.

But just now it's rather like offering to give a freezing man the sunlit Himalayas from end to end in return for his camp-fire.

The scenery of the Himalayas, ice and snow, storm and tempest, lend their majesty to the strains of the Vedic poet.

The original product is found only high up on the sides of the loftiest mountains in the world—​the Himalayas of India.

They rear themselves beneath and around me as the lesser peaks of the Himalayas seen from Mount Everest.


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