a high mountain.

Origin of alp

First recorded in 1635–1645; back formation from Alps



plural noun

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).


or ALP

American Labor Party. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for alp

pike, mount, summit

Examples from the Web for alp

Contemporary Examples of alp

Historical Examples of alp

  • "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

  • Because I would rather be with my grandfather on the Alp than anywhere on earth.


    Johanna Spyri

British Dictionary definitions for alp



(in the European Alps) an area of pasture above the valley bottom but below the mountain peaks
a high mountain

Word Origin for alp

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


abbreviation for

Australian Labor Party


pl n

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)
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.


see Alp.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

alp in Culture


Mountain system of south-central Europe.


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