Definition of Matterhorn

1. Noun. A mountain in the Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy (14,780 feet high); noted for its distinctive shape.

Definition of Matterhorn

1. Proper noun. An iconic pyramidal mountain on the border of Switzerland and Italy. ¹

2. Proper noun. (by extension) Something difficult to achieve or to surmount. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Matterhorn

Matricaria inodorum
Matricaria matricarioides
Matricaria oreades
Matricaria recutita
Matricaria tchihatchewii
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Matthew Arnold
Matthew Calbraith Perry
Matthew Flinders
Matthew Walker
Matthew Walker knot
Matthew principle
Matthias Schleiden

Literary usage of Matterhorn

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Switzerland, and the Adjacent Portions of Italy, Savoy, and the Tyrol by Karl Baedeker (Firm) (1885)
"Beautiful view of the matterhorn (quite near), the Dent Blanche, Ober-Gabel- ... Lord Francis, and Croz, to a depth of 40(0 towards the matterhorn Glacier. ..."

2. A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain (1906)
"ONE of the most memorable of all the Alpine catastrophes was that of July, 1865, on the matterhorn,— already slightly referred to, a few pages back. ..."

3. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"In descending the matterhorn the rope connecting the party broke, and Michel Croz, ... The crest of the matterhorn is a line of snow, 580 ft. long, ..."

4. The World as Imagination (series I) by Edward Douglas Fawcett (1916)
"You will at once understand why the perceived and the dream matterhorn are so extraordinarily alike. The perceived Mountain, it is clear, refers me to an ..."

5. The World's Great Masterpieces: History, Biography, Science, Philosophy by Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Richard Stockton, Caroline Ticknor (1901)
"When Mr. Hawkins and myself first tried the matterhorn, a temporary danger, sufficient to quell for a time the enthusiasm even of our lion-hearted guide, ..."

6. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George H Warner (1902)
"THE matterhorn From 'Hours of Exercise in the Alps' ON THE Thursday evening a violent thunder-storm had burst over Breuil, discharging new snow upon the ..."

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