[ al-puh-nist ]
/ ˈæl pə nɪst /

noun (often initial capital letter)

a mountain climber, especially in the Alps.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for alpinist

British Dictionary definitions for alpinist

/ (ˈælpɪnɪst) /


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

Derived forms of alpinist

alpinism, noun
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