al·​pine | \ ˈal-ˌpīn How to pronounce alpine (audio) \

Definition of alpine

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a plant native to alpine or boreal regions that is often grown for ornament
2 capitalized : a person possessing Alpine physical characteristics



Definition of Alpine (Entry 2 of 3)

1 often not capitalized : of, relating to, or resembling the Alps or any mountains
2 often not capitalized : of, relating to, or growing in the biogeographic zone including the elevated slopes above timberline
3 : of or relating to a group or physical type characterized by a broad head, stockiness, medium height, and brown hair or eyes
4 : of or relating to competitive ski events consisting of slalom and downhill racing — compare nordic


geographical name
Al·​pine | \ ˈal-ˌpīn How to pronounce Alpine (audio) \

Definition of Alpine (Entry 3 of 3)

city in a mountainous region of western Texas population 5905

Examples of alpine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Over the past half-century, the alpine lake has lost 40% of its clarity, largely due to runoff containing particles and plant-feeding nitrogen and phosphorus. Rachel Becker, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Sep. 2021 Fire officials ordered more evacuations near Lake Tahoe and told other residents to be ready to leave as a destructive fire roared through forests southwest of the alpine lake that straddles the California-Nevada state line. Noah Berger,, 30 Aug. 2021 The area is a home to thousands, and a recreational playground for millions of tourists who visit the alpine lake in summer, ski at the many resorts in winter and gamble at its casinos year-round. CBS News, 27 Aug. 2021 And after a long summer of warm temperatures, Lake Tahoe’s alpine water is still warm enough to take a dip. Dallas News, 12 Aug. 2021 Unlike some of the most popular backpacking trails in Oregon, there are no volcano views or alpine lakes to entice hikers. oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2021 Sylvan Lake Lodge, with its alpine lake, campground and network of trails. Simon Peter Groebner, Star Tribune, 23 July 2021 These fragile objects rarely survive erosion, weather and exposure to the severe elements that are common in alpine areas. William Taylor, The Conversation, 11 Aug. 2021 Men, everyone in her remote alpine hamlet of Lepushe believed, would always have more power and respect, so the best way for a woman to share their privilege was to join them, rather than trying to beat them. New York Times, 9 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of alpine


circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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