Definition of cliff in English:

cliff

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Pronunciation: /klɪf
 
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noun

A steep rock face, especially at the edge of the sea: a coast path along the top of rugged cliffs
More example sentences
  • His daughter's empty camper van was found parked at the edge of cliffs near her home in Cornwall.
  • The path hugs the cliffs in places, with steep drops to the sea, so care is needed.
  • We get ochres on the island, the white ochre is collected from the cliff edge of the beach.
Synonyms
precipice, rock face, face, crag, bluff, ridge, escarpment, scar, scarp, overhang; South Africankrantz; Geologycuesta
literary steep
Scottish archaic linn

Origin

Old English clif, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch klif.

Derivatives

cliff-like

adjective
More example sentences
  • The cliff-like structure at the heart of the old town rises directly from the sea and causes it to resemble a stone boat at anchor.
  • In the urban maze of narrow streets cut between the cliff-like skyscrapers below, there was mayhem.
  • Inside, the narrow alleys are tight woven, winding shadily between cliff-like walls of brown mud or sparkling white lime wash.

cliffy

adjective
More example sentences
  • Granada province's coastline is rugged and cliffy.
  • ‘Well, I woke up on the cliffy beaches of Riverton,’ she answered.
  • The terrain is very rough, with an array of canyons, cliffy massifs, and stony substrates.

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