[ vur-suh nt ]
/ ˈvɜr sənt /


a slope of a mountain or mountain chain.
the general slope of a country or region.

Origin of versant

1850–55; < French, noun use of present participle of verser to turn < Latin versāre, frequentative of vertere to turn; see verse, -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for versant


/ (ˈvɜːsənt) /


rare the side or slope of a mountain or mountain range
the slope of a region

Word Origin for versant

C19: from French, from verser to turn, from Latin versāre
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Word Origin and History for versant



1640s, from Latin versantem (nominative versans), present participle of versare (see versus).

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