[ al-tuh-plah-noh; for 1 also Spanish ahl-tee-plah-naw ]
/ ˌæl təˈplɑ noʊ; for 1 also Spanish ˌɑl tiˈplɑ nɔ /

noun, plural al·ti·pla·nos for 2.

a plateau region in South America, situated in the Andes of Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru.
altiplano, Geology. an elevated terrace or plateau sculptured by periglacial geomorphic processes.



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Origin of Altiplano

From American Spanish, equivalent to alti- alti- + Spanish plano plain1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for Altiplano

  • So, from his cell at Altiplano prison, El Chapo is trying a new approach.

    Could El Chapo Go Free?|Michael Daly|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • For some hours, the association's Altiplano station had been dark and almost deserted.

    Gone Fishing|James H. Schmitz
  • The people did not want these dangerous, expensive devices, even though the Altiplano region has been stripped of fuel wood.

  • I learned that an altruistic group had offered reflecting parabolas to the people living at the Altiplano in Bolivia.

British Dictionary definitions for Altiplano

/ (Spanish altiˈplano) /


a plateau of the Andes, covering two thirds of Bolivia and extending into S Peru: contains Lake Titicaca. Height: 3000 m (10 000 ft) to 3900 m (13 000 ft)
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Scientific definitions for Altiplano

[ äl′tĭ-plänō ]

A high mountain plateau. The most well-known altiplano extends from Lake Titicaca, in southern Peru, to Lake Poopo in Bolivia, covering a distance of 966 km (600 mi). Its average altitude is 3,658 m (12,000 ft).
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