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[al-puh-nist] /ˈæl pə nɪst/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
a mountain climber, especially in the Alps.
a downhill skier, especially one engaging in competitive slalom and downhill events.
Origin of alpinist
From the French word alpiniste, dating back to 1880-85. See alpine, -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The alpinist was dumfounded, silent—in him the acme of stupefaction.

    Tartarin On The Alps Alphonse Daudet
  • Never within the memory of guides was there seen such an alpinist.

    Tartarin On The Alps Alphonse Daudet
  • From that terrible alpinist issued I know not what mysterious aura which lightened and buoyed up every one.

    Tartarin On The Alps Alphonse Daudet
  • The costume of the alpinist, his spectacles, his accent, were quite enough to confound him in their minds with those agents.

    Tartarin On The Alps Alphonse Daudet
  • The unfortunate alpinist puffed, sweated, and replied with "Coquin de bon sort!"

    Tartarin On The Alps Alphonse Daudet
  • Then between the white and rosy Alp and the alpinist a little dialogue took place regularly, which was not without its grandeur.

    Tartarin On The Alps Alphonse Daudet
  • What a difference between the neophyte he then was and the first-class alpinist he felt he had become!

    Tartarin On The Alps Alphonse Daudet
  • One of the horticulturists to whom I have referred was something of an alpinist and was married to a Swiss lady.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
British Dictionary definitions for alpinist


a mountaineer who climbs in medium-sized glaciated mountain areas such as the Alps
Derived Forms
alpinism, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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