[ al-puh n-gloh ]
/ ˈæl pənˌgloʊ /


a reddish glow often seen on the summits of mountains just before sunrise or just after sunset.

Origin of alpenglow

1870–75; < German Alpenglühen, with glow replacing German glühen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for alpenglow

  • When those glossy domes swim into the alpenglow, wet after rain, you conceive how long and imperturbable are the purposes of God.

  • There were fleeting blushes as rosy as the Alpenglow now tinging her pale cheek.

    A Fascinating Traitor|Richard Henry Savage
  • On August 23, 1869, the evening Alpenglow was very fine, though it did not reach its maximum depth and splendour.

  • “No; it is only what people call the Alpenglow,” said Bracy softly, for the wondrous beauty of the scene impressed him.

    Fix Bay'nets|George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for alpenglow

/ (ˈælpənˌɡləʊ) /


a reddish light on the summits of snow-covered mountain peaks at sunset or sunrise

Word Origin for alpenglow

partial translation of German Alpenglühen, from Alpen Alps + glühen to glow
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