Meaning of “canyon” in the English Dictionary

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"canyon" in British English

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canyonnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæn.jən/ us /ˈkæn.jən/

Examples from literature

  • Concentrating on the task at hand, he moved slowly but confidently down the canyon, only to find a large boulder blocking his path. 
  • He was lying on the floor of the canyon, on his side. 
  • He worked his way slowly down the canyon, pushing himself carefully between the narrow walls in search of handholds and supports. 
  • Night had fallen and the canyon was turning cold. 
  • On April 26, 2003, after spending the night in his truck, he cycled south to the canyon entrance. 
  • The space between the canyon walls measured no more than a meter across. 
  • And one night their herd stampeded and was checked only in time to save it from going over the canyon's edge. 
  • Behind her the narrow and broken trail led to the top of the canyon wall. 
  • He resumed his climb, and fifteen minutes later the curly-haired cadet stood on the canyon rim. 
  • I went on down to the gully that ran down the middle of the canyon. 
  • Jack and Fred looked up and across the canyon at the same instant. 

(Definition of “canyon” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"canyon" in American English

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canyonnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkæn·jən/

a deep valley with steep sides and usually a river flowing along the bottom

(Definition of “canyon” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)