- the vast grasslands, especially those in the S and E European and W and SW Asian parts of Russia.
- Kirghiz Steppe.
Origin of steppe
Definition for steppes (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for steppes
On the Kirghese steppes the horse is prominent in gastronomic festivities.Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life|Thomas Wallace Knox
I see, even now, the old-fashioned house, a typical manor-house of the steppes.A Desperate Character and Other Stories|Ivan Turgenev
But if I can't I'll ride back to the steppes and loot the Turanian borders with the kozaki.The People of the Black Circle|Robert E. Howard
And he loses himself in the contemplation of the snow-covered crests rising abruptly above the surface of the steppes.Russia: Its People and Its Literature|Emilia Pardo Bazán
This section is near the northern border of the arid Patagonian steppes.
British Dictionary definitions for steppes (1 of 3)
pl n the Steppes
British Dictionary definitions for steppes (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for steppes (3 of 3)
Word Origin for steppe
Word Origin and History for steppes
vast treeless plain of southeastern Europe and of Asia, 1670s, from Russian *step', of unknown origin.