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Origin of mountaineering

First recorded in 1795–1805; mountaineer + -ing1


  1. an inhabitant of a mountainous district.
  2. a climber of mountains, especially for sport.
verb (used without object)
  1. to climb mountains, especially for sport.

Origin of mountaineer

First recorded in 1600–10; mountain + -eer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for mountaineering

hiking, alpinism

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British Dictionary definitions for mountaineering


  1. a person who climbs mountains
  2. a person living in a mountainous area
  1. (intr) to climb mountains
Derived Formsmountaineering, noun
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Word Origin and History for mountaineering



c.1600, "dweller in mountains," from mountain + -eer. Verb meaning "to be a mountain-climber" is from 1803.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper