AskDefine | Define cordillera

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, from cordilla, cordiella, diminutive of cuerda. See cord.


  1. An extensive, continent-wide chain of mountains, especially one in the Americas.
  1. A physical region of Canada, similar to the Appalachian, but with mostly new mountain ranges.

Extensive Definition

A cordillera is an extensive chain of mountains or mountain ranges, especially the principal mountain system of a continent or large island. It comes from the Spanish word cordilla, which is a diminutive of cuerda, or "cord".

Notable cordilleras

Other uses

cordillera in German: Cordillera
cordillera in Danish: Bjergkæde
cordillera in German: Gebirge
cordillera in Modern Greek (1453-): Κορδιλιέρα
cordillera in Esperanto: Montara sistemo
cordillera in Spanish: Cordillera
cordillera in Estonian: Mäestik
cordillera in Finnish: Vuoristo
cordillera in French: Cordillère
cordillera in Italian: Catena montuosa
cordillera in Irish: Sliabhraon
cordillera in Japanese: 山脈
cordillera in Lojban: ma'arlinsi
cordillera in Dutch: Gebergte
cordillera in Portuguese: Cordilheira
cordillera in Swedish: Bergskedja
cordillera in Chinese: 山脉
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