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Rainier

[ruh-neer, rey-, rey-neer]
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noun
  1. Mount, a volcanic peak in W Washington, in the Cascade Range. 14,408 feet (4392 meters).
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rainy

[rey-nee]
adjective, rain·i·er, rain·i·est.
  1. characterized by rain: rainy weather; a rainy region.
  2. wet with rain: rainy streets.
  3. bringing rain: rainy clouds.
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Origin of rainy

before 1000; Middle English reyny, Old English rēnig. See rain, -y1
Related formsrain·i·ly, adverbrain·i·ness, nounun·rain·y, adjective

Rainier III

[rey-neer, re-, ruh-; French re-nyey]
noun
  1. Rainier Louis Hen·ri Max·ence Ber·trand de Gri·mal·di [lwee ahn-ree mak-sahns ber-trahn duh gree-mal dee] /lwi ɑ̃ˈri makˈsɑ̃s bɛrˈtrɑ̃ də gri mal ˈdi/, Prince of Monaco,1923–2005, reigning prince of Monaco 1949–2005.
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Historical Examples

  • Often Rainier's summit is lost in mists and clouds, and there is no view.

    The Book of the National Parks

    Robert Sterling Yard

  • But Rainier surpasses them all in height, bulk, and majesty.

    The Book of the National Parks

    Robert Sterling Yard

  • North and south of Rainier this slope is more gradual and densely wooded.

  • The volcanic rocks of Rainier are of varying color and texture.

  • Higher on the slopes of Rainier a more marked ridge of granite was traced.


British Dictionary definitions for rainier

Rainier

noun
  1. Mount Rainier a mountain in W Washington State: the highest mountain in the state and in the Cascade Range. Height: 4392 m (14 410 ft)
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Rainier III

noun
  1. full name Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand de Grimaldi . 1923–2005, ruling prince of Monaco from 1949. He married (1956) the US actress Grace Kelly (1929–82)
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rainy

adjective rainier or rainiest
  1. characterized by a large rainfalla rainy climate
  2. wet or showery; bearing rain
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Derived Formsrainily, adverbraininess, noun
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Word Origin and History for rainier

rainy

adj.

Old English renig; see rain (n.) + -y (2).

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