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Alps

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plural noun
  1. a mountain range in S Europe, extending from France through Switzerland and Italy into Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia. Highest peak, Mont Blanc, 15,781 feet (4810 meters).
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alp

[alp]
noun
  1. a high mountain.
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Origin of alp

First recorded in 1635–1645; back formation from Alps
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Alps

pl n
  1. a mountain range in S central Europe, extending over 1000 km (650 miles) from the Mediterranean coast of France and NW Italy through Switzerland, N Italy, and Austria to Slovenia. Highest peak: Mont Blanc, 4807 m (15 771 ft)
  2. a range of mountains in the NW quadrant of the moon, which is cut in two by a straight fracture, the Alpine Valley
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alp

noun
  1. (in the European Alps) an area of pasture above the valley bottom but below the mountain peaks
  2. a high mountain
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Word Origin

C14: back formation from Alps, from French Alpes (pl), from Latin Alpēs, from Greek Alpeis

ALP

abbreviation for
  1. Australian Labor Party
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Word Origin and History for alps

Alps

see Alp.

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alp

n.

1590s, "any high, snow-capped mountain," from Alps, from French Alpes, from Latin Alpes "the Alps," perhaps from altus "high," or albus "white" or from a Celtic word (according to Servius), or a pre-Indo-European root. Alps, the European mountain range, attested by that name in English from 1550s.

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alps in Culture

Alps

Mountain system of south-central Europe.

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Note

The Alps provide scenic beauty and the location for an abundance of winter sports, making them a popular tourist destination.
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