Definition of montagne russe in English:

montagne russe

(also montagnes russes)

Pronunciation /mɒnˌtanjə ˈruːs/


  • A scenic switchback railway; a roller-coaster (also as the name for a particular attraction).


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Blackwood's Magazine. From French montagnes russes roller-coaster, lit. ‘Russian mountains’ from the plural of montagne + russe Russian, with reference to the popularity in Russia of the winter sport.