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Alps

[alps] /ælps/
plural noun
1.
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).

alp

[alp] /ælp/
noun
1.
a high mountain.
Origin of alp
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-1645; back formation from Alps
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Alps

/ælps/
plural noun
1.
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)
2.
a range of mountains in the NW quadrant of the moon, which is cut in two by a straight fracture, the Alpine Valley

alp

/ælp/
noun
1.
(in the European Alps) an area of pasture above the valley bottom but below the mountain peaks
2.
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

ALP

abbreviation
1.
Australian Labor Party
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Word Origin and History for Alps

see Alp.

alp

n.

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.

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Alps 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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