: a high rugged mountain
: something suggesting an alp in height, size, or ruggedness

Examples of alp in a Sentence

an adventurer who has scaled alps, explored ocean depths, and flown into the stratosphere
Recent Examples on the Web At her inaugural Halloween party, Klum dressed up as Heidi, a character from Johanna Spyri’s German novels about a young girl living in the Swiss alps. Genevieve Cepeda, Peoplemag, 9 Oct. 2023 Here being some modernistic lair/home overlooking the Austrian alps. Joshua St. Clair, Men's Health, 16 June 2023 Plagues made appearances, and the outcomes of wars were influenced here and there by harsh winters or gales at sea or foolhardy decisions involving elephants and alps. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, 10 May 2023 From quaint rinks high in the French alps to manmade boulevards through Canadian forests and wild mountain lakes in the western United States, the winter season offers up a slew of opportunities to lace up your skates in some of the world's most beautiful winter destinations. Raisa Bruner, Travel + Leisure, 29 Apr. 2023 Situated midway between Lake Garda and Lake Iseo, at the southern foot of the Italian alps, the city of Brescia is sleepy but handsomely built, its cobblestone lanes flanked by the occasional Roman ruin and a wealth of Renaissance-era palazzos. Laura May Todd, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2023 This summer some residents of Zurich will be as high as the alps. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 23 Mar. 2023 The ski-in, ski-out pad, which Compass just put on the market for $100 million, is one of just five single-family homes on the soaring, 11,000-foot alp. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 1 July 2022 Its terrain is forbidding—more like an alp than like a Tuscan hillside. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History


back-formation from Alps, mountain system of Europe

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alp was in the 15th century

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“Alp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alp. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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: a high rugged mountain

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