Definition of monticle in English:



  • A small mountain or hill.

    • ‘He stood on the top of a steep monticle, used by pilots as a look-out for vessels approaching the coast.’
    • ‘The monticle stands not far from the western extremity of the valley.’
    • ‘The old castle and fortress of Guevara is perched on the crown of what Captain Dalgetty would call a monticle, rising very abruptly out of the most arid and dry plain it was ever my fortune to visit.’
    • ‘The topography immediately changes from the high mountains composed of purple and green shales into low monticles characteristic of the coal field.’
    • ‘Of these natural hillocks, an illustration is found in the chalk monticle on which Corfe Castle is built.’
    mound, small hill, prominence, eminence, elevation, rise, knoll, hummock, hump, tump, dune, barrow, tumulus
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Late 15th century: French, from late Latin monticulus, diminutive of Latin mons, mont- ‘mountain’.