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alpinist

[al-puh-nist]
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noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. a mountain climber, especially in the Alps.
  2. a downhill skier, especially one engaging in competitive slalom and downhill events.
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Origin of alpinist

From the French word alpiniste, dating back to 1880–85. See alpine, -ist
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Related Words

hikerclimbermountaineeralpinistcragsman

Examples from the Web for alpinist

Historical Examples

  • Never within the memory of guides was there seen such an Alpinist.

    Tartarin On The Alps

    Alphonse Daudet

  • The Alpinist was dumfounded, silent—in him the acme of stupefaction.

    Tartarin On The Alps

    Alphonse Daudet

  • From that terrible Alpinist issued I know not what mysterious aura which lightened and buoyed up every one.

    Tartarin On The Alps

    Alphonse Daudet

  • The costume of the Alpinist, his spectacles, his accent, were quite enough to confound him in their minds with those agents.

    Tartarin On The Alps

    Alphonse Daudet

  • The unfortunate Alpinist puffed, sweated, and replied with "Coquin de bon sort!"

    Tartarin On The Alps

    Alphonse Daudet


British Dictionary definitions for alpinist

alpinist

noun
  1. a mountaineer who climbs in medium-sized glaciated mountain areas such as the Alps
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Derived Formsalpinism, noun
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