Mountain etymology


English word mountain comes from Latin mons, and later Old French (842-ca. 1400) montaigne (Mountain.)

Etymology of mountain

Detailed word origin of mountain

Dictionary entry Language Definition
mons Latin (lat) (metonymically) (of that which is obtained from the mountains) marble, marble column. (metonymically) mountain beasts, wild beasts (Late Latin, poetically). (metonymically) mountain rock, rock (in general) (poetically). (metonymically) towering mass, heap, great quantity. Mountain, mount.
montanus Latin (lat) Dwelling in the mountains, mountaineer. Mountainous. Of or pertaining to a mountain, especially—. Situated among, or built in, the mountains.
*montanius, montaneus Latin (lat)
*montania Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
montaigne Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Mountain.
muntaine Anglo-Norman (xno)
montaigne Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Mountain.
mountain English (en) (cartomancy) The twenty-first Lenormand card.. (figurative) A thick breast of a lady.. (figuratively) A difficult task or challenge.. A large amount.. A large mass of earth and rock, rising above the common level of the earth or adjacent land, usually given by geographers as above 1000 feet in height (or 304.8 metres), though such masses may still be described as hills in comparison with [...]

Words with the same origin as mountain

Descendants of mons