• (British) IPA: /ˈælt.ɪˌtjuːd/, /ˈælt.ɪˌt͡ʃuːd/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈælt.ɪˌtuːd/


  1. The absolute height of a location, usually measured from sea level.
    As the altitude increases, the temperature gets lower, so remember to bring warm clothes to the mountains.
  2. A vertical distance.
  3. (geometry) The distance measured perpendicularly from a figure's vertex to the opposite side of the vertex.
    The perpendicular height of a triangle is known as its altitude.
  4. (astronomy) The angular distance of a heavenly body above our Earth's horizon.
  5. Height of rank or excellence; superiority.
  6. (dated, in the plural) Elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs.
    • 1815 February 23, [Walter Scott], Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer. [...] In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […]; and Archibald Constable and Co., […], OCLC 742335644 ↗:
  7. Highest point or degree.
    • c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      He is [proud] even to the altitude of his virtue.
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