- a mountain climber, especially in the Alps.
- a downhill skier, especially one engaging in competitive slalom and downhill events.
Origin of alpinist
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Examples from the Web for alpinist
Never within the memory of guides was there seen such an Alpinist.
The Alpinist was dumfounded, silent—in him the acme of stupefaction.
From that terrible Alpinist issued I know not what mysterious aura which lightened and buoyed up every one.
The costume of the Alpinist, his spectacles, his accent, were quite enough to confound him in their minds with those agents.
The unfortunate Alpinist puffed, sweated, and replied with "Coquin de bon sort!"
- a mountaineer who climbs in medium-sized glaciated mountain areas such as the Alps
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