al·​pen·​glow | \ ˈal-pən-ˌglō How to pronounce alpenglow (audio) \

Definition of alpenglow

: a reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains

Examples of alpenglow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then comes the alpenglow, and after that the Earth shadow. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 June 2022 Rise early to get there by first light, when the alpenglow casts the peak in shades of pink and purple. Outside Online, 10 Dec. 2021 Soon, the sun begins to rise, bathing the peak in alpenglow and motivating you to push on. oregonlive, 15 June 2021 But one day there is an epic pink alpenglow after days of dense winter fog, lighting up the mountains. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Jan. 2021 Church bells rang from Cortina below, and as if on cue, the setting sun triggering an alpenglow, turning the jagged limestone massif from near white to gold, then rose to red. Amiee White Beazley, Travel + Leisure, 17 May 2020 Sunset is especially moody here, the soft pinks, purples, and golds of alpenglow coloring Mount Dana (13,057 feet/3,979.7 m) and other Sierra crest peaks. James Lange, National Geographic, 11 Mar. 2019 Stuck up into that unworldly sky was the cone of Mount Adams, and the alpenglow was upon it. Sari Botton, Longreads, 17 Aug. 2017 Stuck up into that unworldly sky was the cone of Mount Adams, and the alpenglow was upon it. Sari Botton, Longreads, 17 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of alpenglow

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alpenglow

partial translation of German Alpenglühen, from Alpen Alps + Glühen glow

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“Alpenglow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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