Meaning of corrie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɒri/

nounplural noun corries

  • (especially in Scotland) a steep-sided hollow at the head of a valley or on a mountainside; a cirque.

    ‘The features typically have their heads in corries in which there may be a small glacier, but this is not always seen.’
    • ‘Beyond the footbridge the narrow confines of the pass begin to widen out and one of Scotland's finest corries displays itself on the left.’
    • ‘We shared the mountain only with a couple of wandering botanists who eschewed the top to search for a rare flora in the mountain corrie.’
    • ‘Hidden from view down in the glen, they sit at the base of hanging corries - the legacy of a glacial past.’
    • ‘The other Munro is in Atholl and lacks the special qualities of its northern namesake - crags, corries, high-level lochans and mind-blowing views.’
    • ‘For complexity of form and for the splendour of its corries and glens, this hill has few equals in the central Highlands.’
    • ‘The hill's north side is sculpted by two huge corries divided by the big north-east shoulder of the mountain.’
    • ‘These eastern facing corries are the mountain's saving grace.’
    • ‘The northern side is riven with corries, and in winter the spectacular rock faces can drip with ice.’
    • ‘The route now begins to climb up beside those crags and into a high corrie before turning back on itself for the final push to the summit.’
    • ‘Our original intention was to climb the slopes north of the lochan and so avoid the crags that form the corrie walls.’
    • ‘It's for good reason Streap has been described as ‘a most impressive peak of narrow ridges and shattered corries, with unremittingly steep slopes.’’
    • ‘Back on boulder covered ground, a rough path follows the rim of the north facing corries, crosses a couple of subsidiary tops and then climbs the final slopes to the flat topped summit.’
    • ‘The main physical feature of the hill are the two great corries which are gouged out of the eastern flanks of the hill, the dark side of the mountain which is relatively unseen, and unfrequented.’
    • ‘The north-east facing cliffs which dominate the high corries present an aspect of the hill which is in direct contrast to the rest of the mountain.’
    • ‘With the Cairngorms next on the list for national park status, this walk provides a flavour of the spectacular northern corries without being too arduous an undertaking.’
    • ‘As it is, we will just have to see what we can find in the back corries.’
    • ‘Fired by curiosity, he decided forthwith to find out what had inspired this giddy language of rocky ridges, remote corries and distant summits.’
    • ‘A series of spectacular, steep corries now become evident, scooped out of the northern faces of the two hills.’
    • ‘This is a magnificent top, the hub of four sinewy ridges that radiate from the summit to form the apex of five huge corries.’


Mid 16th century from Scottish Gaelic and Irish coire ‘cauldron, hollow’.