or Al·pin·ist

[ al-puh-nist ]
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  1. a mountain climber, especially in the Alps.

  2. a downhill skier, especially one engaging in competitive slalom and downhill events.

Origin of alpinist

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

Words Nearby alpinist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use alpinist in a sentence

  • One of the horticulturists to whom I have referred was something of an alpinist and was married to a Swiss lady.

    The Foundations of Japan | J.W. Robertson Scott
  • But the good alpinist had a habit of talking as he ate; it was necessary for his health.

    Tartarin On The Alps | Alphonse Daudet
  • 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
  • A bear is an expert alpinist; he requires no ice axe and no lantern.

    My Attainment of the Pole | Frederick A. Cook

British Dictionary definitions for alpinist


/ (ˈælpɪnɪst) /

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

Derived forms of alpinist

  • alpinism, noun

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