\ ˈalp How to pronounce alp (audio) \

Definition of alp

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

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Examples of alp in a Sentence

an adventurer who has scaled alps, explored ocean depths, and flown into the stratosphere
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First Known Use of alp

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alp

back-formation from Alps, mountain system of Europe

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

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“Alp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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