[ al-pahyn, -pin ]
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  1. of, pertaining to, on, or part of any lofty mountain.

  2. very high; elevated.

  1. Alpine, of, pertaining to, on, or part of the Alps.

  2. Botany. growing on mountains above the limit of tree growth: alpine plants.

  3. Often Alpine . of or relating to downhill skiing or a competitive downhill skiing event.: Compare Nordic (def. 3).

  4. Alpine, Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) having the features characteristic of an Alpine.

  1. Alpine, Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) a member of a Caucasoid people found in central Europe and characterized by heavy body build, medium complexion, and straight to wavy hair.

Origin of alpine

First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin Alpīnus, equivalent to Alp(ēs) (plural) “the Alps” + -īnus adjective suffix; see -ine1

Other words from alpine

  • al·pine·ly, adverb

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How to use alpine in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for alpine (1 of 2)


/ (ˈælpaɪn) /

  1. of or relating to high mountains

  2. (of plants) growing on mountains, esp above the limit for tree growth

  1. connected with or used in mountaineering in medium-sized glaciated mountain areas such as the Alps

  2. skiing of or relating to racing events on steep prepared slopes, such as the slalom and downhill: Compare nordic

  1. a plant that is native or suited to alpine conditions

British Dictionary definitions for Alpine (2 of 2)


/ (ˈælpaɪn) /

  1. of or relating to the Alps or their inhabitants

  2. geology

    • of or relating to an episode of mountain building in the Tertiary period during which the Alps were formed

    • of or relating to a high mountainous environment heavily modified by glacial erosion

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Scientific definitions for alpine


[ ălpīn′ ]

  1. Resembling or characteristic of the European Alps or any other high mountain system, especially one that has been shaped by intense glacial erosion.

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