[sis-al-pahyn, -pin]


on this (the Roman or south) side of the Alps.

Origin of cisalpine

1535–45; < Latin Cisalpīnus, equivalent to cis- cis- + Alpīnus Alpine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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on this (the southern) side of the Alps, as viewed from Rome
relating to a movement in the Roman Catholic Church to minimize the authority of the pope and to emphasize the independence of branches of the ChurchCompare ultramontane (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for cisalpine

1540s, from Latin cisalpinus "on this side of the Alps" (from the Roman point of view), from cis- (see cis-) + Alpinus "Alpine" (see Alpine). Cf. ultramontane.

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