French Mont Cervin. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • Friends, we shall come to such places on the Matterhorn of life.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

  • And she no more lost it than she went to New York that time to climb the Matterhorn.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • My Matterhorn had been climbed, “the pikes of darkness named and stormed.”

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks

  • The stone avalanches of the Matterhorn and Weisshorn are illustrations in point.

  • If he uses his pen for an Alpine stock, the Matterhorn is his.

British Dictionary definitions for matterhorn


  1. a mountain on the border between Italy and Switzerland, in the Pennine Alps. Height: 4477 m (14 688 ft)French name: Mont Cervin Italian name: Monte Cervino (ˈmonte tʃerˈviːno)
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Word Origin and History for matterhorn


Alpine mountain, from German Matte "meadow, pastureland" (see mead (n.2)) + Horn (see horn (n.)). So called for its horn-like shape.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

matterhorn in Culture


Mountain in the Alps on the border of Switzerland and Italy, celebrated for its distinctive shape.

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