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  1. a high mountain.
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Origin of alp

First recorded in 1635–1645; back formation from Alps


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).
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  1. American Labor Party.
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  • "They 're mean vicious, these Alp dogs, and never to be trusted," said Quackinboss.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • Alp Khan, enraged by this scene, threw himself in the contest.

    Les Parsis

    D. Menant

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


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Upon the soft green Alp an unseen hand had rolled a mountain of ice.

    Legends of the Rhine

    Wilhelm Ruland

  • The noise of the passing carriage had reminded her of the roaring of the south-wind on the Alp.


    Johanna Spyri

British Dictionary definitions for alp


  1. (in the European Alps) an area of pasture above the valley bottom but below the mountain peaks
  2. a high mountain
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Word Origin

C14: back formation from Alps, from French Alpes (pl), from Latin Alpēs, from Greek Alpeis


abbreviation for
  1. Australian Labor Party
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pl n
  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
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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.

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alp in Culture


Mountain system of south-central Europe.

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