There are 2 main definitions of butte in English:


Syllabification: butte
Pronunciation: /byo͞ot


North American & technical
An isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top (similar to but narrower than a mesa).
More example sentences
  • Located in southeastern Utah, Canyonlands encompasses high mesas and buttes, burnt red sandstone pinnacles and arches, and a myriad of canyons and deep gorges cut by the Green and Colorado Rivers.
  • He explained the difference between the mesas and buttes in the distance and challenged us to find images of birds, couples dancing joyfully, and snakes in the sticklike forms of petroglyphs.
  • The park shows off some of the most striking landscapes of sandstone buttes, mesas, and spires in the entire Southwest.


mid 19th century: from French, 'mound', from Old French but, of unknown origin (compare with butt2).

Definition of butte in:

There are 2 main definitions of butte in English:


Syllabification: Butte
Pronunciation: /byo͞ot
A city in southwestern Montana, noted as a mining center; population 32,119 (est. 2008).