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Piedmont

[peed-mont]
noun
  1. a plateau between the coastal plain and the Appalachian Mountains, including parts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.
  2. Italian Piemonte. a region in NW Italy. 4,540,822; 11,335 sq. mi. (29,360 sq. km).
  3. a city in W California, near Oakland.
  4. (lowercase) a district lying along or near the foot of a mountain range.
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adjective
  1. (lowercase) lying along or near the foot of a mountain range.
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Origin of Piedmont

From the Italian word Piemonte literally, foothill
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British Dictionary definitions for piedmont

piedmont

adjective
  1. (prenominal) (of glaciers, plains, etc) formed or situated at the foot of a mountain or mountain range
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Word Origin

from Italian piémonte mountain foot

Piedmont

noun
  1. a region of NW Italy: consists of the upper Po Valley; mainly agricultural. Chief town: Turin. Pop: 4 231 334 (2003 est). Area: 25 399 sq km (9807 sq miles)Italian name: Piemonte
  2. a low plateau of the eastern US, between the coastal plain and the Appalachian Mountains
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Word Origin and History for piedmont

n.

name given to the fertile upland region along the eastern slope of the Appalachians, 1755, originally piemont, from Italian Piemonte, literally "mountain foot," name of the region at the foot of the Alps in northern Italy (see Piedmont). With -d- added by 1855. Applied to similar features of other mountain ranges by 1860.

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Piedmont

region in northern Italy, from Old Italian pie di monte "foot of the mountains," from pie "foot" (see foot (n.)) + monte "mountain" (see mount (n.)). Related: Piedmontese.

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piedmont in Science

piedmont

[pēdmŏnt′]
  1. An area of land, glacier, or other feature formed or lying at the foot of a mountain or mountain range.
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piedmont in Culture

Piedmont

[(peed-mont)]

The plateau region of the eastern United States extending from New York to Alabama between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic coastal plain. Also a historical region of northwest Italy bound by the Swiss and French Alps. More broadly, any region of foothills.

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