alpine

[ al-pahyn, -pin ]
/ ˈæl paɪn, -pɪn /

adjective

noun

(initial capital letter) Anthropology. 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

1600–10; < Latin Alpīnus, equivalent to Alp(ēs) (plural) the Alps + -īnus -ine1
Related formsal·pine·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for alpine

British Dictionary definitions for alpine (1 of 2)

alpine

/ (ˈælpaɪn) /

adjective

of or relating to high mountains
(of plants) growing on mountains, esp above the limit for tree growth
connected with or used in mountaineering in medium-sized glaciated mountain areas such as the Alps
skiing of or relating to racing events on steep prepared slopes, such as the slalom and downhillCompare nordic

noun

a plant that is native or suited to alpine conditions

British Dictionary definitions for alpine (2 of 2)

Alpine

/ (ˈælpaɪn) /

adjective

of or relating to the Alps or their inhabitants
geology
  1. of or relating to an episode of mountain building in the Tertiary period during which the Alps were formed
  2. of or relating to a high mountainous environment heavily modified by glacial erosion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for alpine

Alpine


adj.

"of the Alps," early 15c., from Latin Alpinus; see Alp. Earlier was Alpish (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for alpine

alpine

[ ălpīn′ ]

Resembling or characteristic of the European Alps or any other high mountain system, especially one that has been shaped by intense glacial erosion.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.