A snow-covered mountain (sense 1).




  • From Middle English mountayne, mountain, montaigne, from Anglo-Norman muntaine, muntaigne, from Old French montaigne, from Vulgar Latin *montānea, feminine of *montāneus, alteration of Latin montānus, from mōns, from Proto-Indo-European *monti (compare Welsh mynydd ("mountain"), Albanian mat ("bank, shore"), Avestan 𐬨𐬀𐬙𐬌), from *men-. Displaced native Middle English berwe, bergh, from Old English beorg (whence English barrow); and partially displaced non-native Old English munt, from Latin mōns (whence English mount).

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