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[alp] /ælp/
a high mountain.
Origin of alp
First recorded in 1635-1645; back formation from Alps


[alps] /ælps/
plural noun
a mountain range in S Europe, extending from France through Switzerland and Italy into Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia. Highest peak, Mont Blanc, 15,781 feet (4810 meters).


or ALP

American Labor Party. Unabridged
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  • alp was to lead the last round with his sweet Zara, and then they must part, though soon to meet again.

    The Circassian Chief W.H.G. Kingston
  • "They 're mean vicious, these alp dogs, and never to be trusted," said Quackinboss.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • The dear doctor visits us now every day, and as soon as he opens the door, he calls, 'Away to the alp!'

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • They may say what they like, but compared with him, alp Arslan is a white-livered Giaour.'

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • Two strong porters came up the alp, each carrying on his back a fresh, white bed.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
British Dictionary definitions for alp


(in the European Alps) an area of pasture above the valley bottom but below the mountain peaks
a high mountain
See also Alps, Australian Alps
Word Origin
C14: back formation from Alps, from French Alpes (pl), from Latin Alpēs, from Greek Alpeis


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plural noun
a mountain range in S central Europe, extending over 1000 km (650 miles) from the Mediterranean coast of France and NW Italy through Switzerland, N Italy, and Austria to Slovenia. Highest peak: Mont Blanc, 4807 m (15 771 ft)
a range of mountains in the NW quadrant of the moon, which is cut in two by a straight fracture, the Alpine Valley
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Word Origin and History for alp

1590s, "any high, snow-capped mountain," from Alps, from French Alpes, from Latin Alpes "the Alps," perhaps from altus "high," or albus "white" or from a Celtic word (according to Servius), or a pre-Indo-European root. Alps, the European mountain range, attested by that name in English from 1550s.


see Alp.

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alp in Culture

Alps definition

Mountain system of south-central Europe.

Note: The Alps provide scenic beauty and the location for an abundance of winter sports, making them a popular tourist destination.
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