- of, pertaining to, on, or part of any lofty mountain.
- very high; elevated.
- (initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, on, or part of the Alps.
- Botany. growing on mountains above the limit of tree growth: alpine plants.
- (often initial capital letter) of or relating to downhill skiing or a competitive downhill skiing event.Compare Nordic(def 3).
- (initial capital letter) Anthropology. having the features characteristic of an Alpine.
- (initial capital letter) Anthropology. a member of a Caucasoid people found in central Europe and characterized by heavy body build, medium complexion, and straight to wavy hair.
Origin of alpine
Examples from the Web for alpine
Let there be wine, food, music, and ravishing summer landscapes from Alpine meadows to Riviera beaches.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
Located in Fribourg, Switzerland, Perritaz uses untreated, foraged fruit grown on high trees around his home in the Alpine region.Wine, Watch Out! These Ciders Are Just as Good
July 19, 2014
In 2007, Heather Mills—an amputee and alpine skier (and yes, the former wife of Paul McCartney)—danced on the show.How Paralympian Amy Purdy Dances Like a Star
April 30, 2014
Half an hour due east of Marfa is the tiny college town of Alpine.Big-Sky West Texas: A Road Trip Through Hidden America
Condé Nast Traveler
March 18, 2014
From Turin, as Ligety continued his rise to success in the alpine ski world, he and Miller would interact more as peers.The Can't-Miss Sochi Showdown: Bode Miller And Ted Ligety
February 9, 2014
His Alpine climbing had taught him the elusiveness of isolated peaks of knowledge.Mountain Meditations
This is the very best time of day, you know—for Alpine scenery.The Market-Place
Alpine climbing; politics, and votes for women are all off my list.Mixed Faces
From this Alpine region we descend through two months in half a day.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
This peculiarity is especially marked in the Alpine hares of Switzerland.
- of or relating to high mountains
- (of plants) growing on mountains, esp above the limit for tree growth
- connected with or used in mountaineering in medium-sized glaciated mountain areas such as the Alps
- skiing of or relating to racing events on steep prepared slopes, such as the slalom and downhillCompare nordic
- a plant that is native or suited to alpine conditions
- of or relating to the Alps or their inhabitants
- of or relating to an episode of mountain building in the Tertiary period during which the Alps were formed
- of or relating to a high mountainous environment heavily modified by glacial erosion
Word Origin and History for alpine
"of the Alps," early 15c., from Latin Alpinus; see Alp. Earlier was Alpish (1590s).
- Resembling or characteristic of the European Alps or any other high mountain system, especially one that has been shaped by intense glacial erosion.